November 27, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich



November 27, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News.

We are publishing our highlights earlier this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. And before you sit down for your turkey dinner and all of its trimmings, sit back and read some fun facts about Thanksgiving from the History Channel.

Thank you.

Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations


Why Alzheimer's Research Must Be a National Priority
by Senator Susan Collins and Dr. Ron Petersen, Director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a leading expert on national efforts to address the disease.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that exacts a tremendous personal and economic toll on the affected individual, his or her family, and our society. There is no more helpless feeling than to watch the progression of this devastating disease. It is equally painful to witness the emotional and physical hardships of family caregivers, who are often exhausted by an endless series of “36 hour” days.

Circulation: PARADE magazine is distributed to more than 32 million people and claims to be read by more than 69 million people each week. PARADE magazine is distributed by more than 600 Sunday newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, the New York Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times & Post Intelligencer and The Washington Post.

Additional Coverage: Sun Journal Maine

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 Contact: Nick Hanson

WNYC Public Radio
Understanding E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes—small devices which deliver vaporized nicotine to users—are a $2 billion industry. The three large tobacco companies have also made forays into the market. While regulators study the health impacts and safety of e-cigarettes, the demand for the product continues to grow. E-cigarettes are not subject to New York City bans on smoking in public parks or beaches, and it’s not uncommon to see users “vaping” in restaurants, subways and theaters. Dr. Richard Hurt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, talks about how e-cigarettes work and their growing popularity.

Reach: WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio stations, broadcasting programs from NPR and Public Radio International, as well as a wide range of local programming. WNYC is a division of New York Public Radio. The Leonard Lopate Show invites listeners in on conversations with writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers, and do-it-yourself experts.

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.

For More Information on E-Cigarettes
Mayo Clinic News Network: TUESDAY Q & A: Very little known about health effects of e-cigarettes

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic Experts: What Should You Know About E-Cigarettes?

Public Affairs Contact: Kelley Luckstein

Local woman gets surgery and is now seizure free
by Melanie Lawson

Nicole Dehn just turned 30 years old, and one of the last things she wants taken away ever again is her ability to drive. Her license was taken away in her 20s after an epileptic seizure forced her off the road crashing into trees…Nicole had already tried intercranial nuero stimulation. It helped reduce her number of seizures but didn't get rid of them. Her neurologist, William Tatum at Mayo Clinic, offered what could be a permanent fix. "I mentioned it to her after seeing her repeatedly that you're still having seizures, there's potentially an operation that can help you. When she heard about the minimally invasive nature of the surgery was then she was very excited," said Tatum.

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

Context: William Tatum, D.O., is a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Mayo Clinic neurologists have expertise and experience diagnosing and treating hundreds of neurological conditions, including many rare or complex conditions. Doctors in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota diagnose and treat many people each year with neurological conditions.

Public Affairs Contact: Cindy Weiss

Kansas City Star (AP)
Wis. cancer center tailors recipes to patients

The Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Cancer Center is part of the national Cancer Nutrition Consortium, which surveyed more than 1,200 patients to determine their symptoms and reaction to foods, according to the La Crosse Tribune. "The better people do with nutrition during treatment, the better they do overall," said Sue Leifer, a dietitian at the Mayo-Franciscan Cancer Center who has board certification in oncology nutrition. 

Reach: The Kansas City Star has a daily circulation of 553,200 daily and 770,300 on Sunday., its website has more than 3.8 million unique visitors and 28 million page views a month.

Additional Coverage: Appleton Post Crescent, Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Context: The Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Cancer Center is part of the national Cancer Nutrition Consortium, which surveyed more than 1,200 patients to determine their symptoms and reaction to foods.

Public Affairs Contact: Rick Thiesse

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week:

Wall Street Journal, What Are the Biggest Misconceptions People Have About Alternative Medicine? Mind-Body-Spirit Care Isn't AlternativeDr. Amit Sood, a colleague at the Mayo Clinic and author of the soon-to-be-released book, "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living," recommends that the best definition of integrative medicine is "the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health-care professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing" as defined by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.

Star Tribune, Mindfulness arrives in the workplace by Mike Hughlett…Golden Valley-based General Mills is a pioneer in bringing “mindfulness,” or meditation, to the workplace, and the practice is becoming increasingly popular across corporate America, from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. In Minnesota, Target, the Mayo Clinic and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans have some sort of meditation offering for employees. “The human mind wanders for half to two-thirds of the day,” said Amit Sood, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and head of its extensive mindfulness programs. “Mindfulness is a state of mind where people are calm and relaxed, and they are in the present moment and in a state of nonjudgmental acceptance.”

Star Tribune, Look to the kitchen cabinet to treat the common cold by Deanna Fox, We’ve started to hear it: the sniffles from the person in the next cubicle. The dreaded middle-of-the-night coughs from a child. It’s the cacopho­ny of cold season, and we are in the throes of it. But more people are choosing to step away from the Sudafed…Reports from the Mayo Clinic have found that chicken soup relieves congestion, limits inflammation (because it inhibits the movement of neutrophils, an immune system cell), and speeds up the movement of mucus in the body.

Guardian Express Las Vegas, Ketamine May Treat Depression Says Study by Rebecca Savastio, …Historically, the drug ketamine, has been used for depression in sparse and conservative measures but recently the Mayo Clinic and Yale University have been actively engaged in researching ketamine for depression. Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Lineberry declared; “It’s surprising both that it works and how rapidly it has effects. It sometimes can work in hours to reduce depressive symptoms and suicidal ideations.” In addition, the nine clinics in the USA that are certified for ketamine treatment have revealed positive data.

Post-Bulletin, Residents share concerns about DMC impact on neighborhoods by Derek Sullivan, Area residents got to hear about the benefits of the Destination Medical Center and about the growth of the University of Minnesota Rochester and also got to bring some personal concerns to light. On Thursday night, dozens of concerned residents went to Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester and chatted with DMC spokesman Jerry Williams and University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle about what downtown Rochester and especially the neighborhood around Zumbro Lutheran Church will look like in the near future.

WXOW La Crosse, Doctors urge hunters to be careful of frostbite by Heather Burian, Doctors urge hunters to be careful of frostbite. One tip to prevent it is to not get sweaty when carrying gear to and from a deer stand, said Dr. Eric Grube, who practices emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System. If the base level of clothing gets wet, a person is more likely to get cold and increase his/her chances of hypothermia and frostbite, he said.

La Crosse Tribune, ‘Medical home’ concept takes focus off profit-making, putting patient needs first…That’s why the Sparta woman has been happy to participate in a two-year pilot program at the Sparta Clinic of Mayo Health System-Franciscan Healthcare exploring the escalating trend toward a practice called patient-centered medical home…The Sparta clinic is one of several Mayo sites involved in Mayo’s pilot. Information gleaned from them is creating what that health system calls the Mayo Model of Community Care rather than PCMH, said Dr. Marc Tumerman, physician lead for the Sparta pilot.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: For shift workers, changing body's natural sleep-wake rhythm can be difficult by Joseph Kaplan, M.D, Director, Mayo Sleep Disorders Center, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm a nurse and recently started working the night shift. I'm having trouble adjusting to a new sleep and wake schedule. What can I do to get better sleep during the day?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Spectrum of tests needed to diagnose multiple sclerosis by Orhun Kantarci, M.D., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My sister's doctor recently told her he suspects she may have MS, but she hasn't been definitively diagnosed with the disease. Isn't there a test that can tell if someone has MS? What are the common symptoms? Are some people at higher risk for getting MS than others?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Hospitals always in need of new blood donors, by Dr. Manish Gandhi,  DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently received a call from a local blood donation center asking if I'd be willing to donate. I'd like to help, but I've never donated before and I'm nervous about it. I'm not a fan of needles, and I'm afraid I might faint. Also, is there really that big of a need for donated blood on a regular basis?

Medscape, Erectile Dysfunction: Harbinger of Heart Disease? Dr Chet Rihal: Greetings. I am Chet Rihal. Today I am joined by Dr. Stephen Kopecky, professor of medicine and consultant in preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic. Steve is also the current president for the Society for Preventive Cardiology here in the US. Steve and I are going to be discussing erectile dysfunction and its impact on cardiovascular prognosis and diagnosis. Steve, welcome.

Healthcare IT News, Genomics pose 'daunting' test for EHRs by Neil Bersel… Asked about how to move around such large files, Christopher Chute, MD, founder of Mayo Clinic's Division of Biomedical Informatics, recommended just recording variants in the EHR, not the entire genome. "It's a kind of lossless compression," he said. Chute and Tarczy-Hornoch joined other top informatics researchers to review the October issue of the journal Genetics in Medicine, which was dedicated its to the integration of genomic data into electronic health records.

Chippewa Herald, Friends don’t let friends fall off their diets during the holidays, “C’mon. One bite’s not going to hurt you.” “It’s the holidays. Live a little.” There’s one in every crowd: holiday diet saboteurs. Whether it’s among co-workers, family or friends, they’re out there. And although their intentions might seem harmless enough, they can derail months of concerted effort in losing weight and improving one’s health. Diane Dressel, a registered dietitian and coordinator of Weight Management Services at Mayo Clinic Health System, offers advice on how people can stay on track with their weight loss goals amid saboteurs during the holiday feasting season.

WJXT Fla., Weight loss: 6 strategies for success by Mayo Clinic News Network, Hundreds of fad diets, weight-loss programs and outright scams promise quick and easy weight loss. However, the foundation of every successful weight-loss program remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with exercise. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits.

WCCO, Wander Minnesota: Thanksgiving Weekend Alternativesby Amy Rea, You’ve slept off the turkey, you’re not interested in battling crowds on Black Friday, but you have free time and possibly family and friends to entertain. What is there to do this weekend? Plenty. Here is just a sampling of events taking place around the state in the days after Thanksgiving…In Rochester, the historic Mayowood Mansion is decorated for the holidays and open for tours. This was the home of Dr. Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.

FOX9 Mpls/St. Paul, Mayo Clinic: New device could stop seizures before they happen by Lindsey LaBelle, he Mayo Clinic says there's a new implantable device that could allow people with epilepsy to take control of their seizures.T he device detects abnormal activity in the brain and delivers subtle levels of electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before a person has a seizure. The treatment is FDA-approved and is available at all Mayo Clinic sites…Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida all took part in clinical trials and have enrolled the highest number of patients into trials. Mayo Clinic also receives research support from NeuroPace, and Dr. Richard Zimmerman has been paid as a consultant as a member of their medical advisory board. Additional Coverage: My FOX Orlando, My FOX Philly

Reuters, Surrogates often make call to deactivate heart devices by Shereen Jegtvig, Surrogates often make call to deactivate heart devices"Because of the increasing prevalence of patients with these devices, we were encountering an increasing number of patients approaching the end of life (e.g., due to cancer) requesting that the device be ‘turned off' so that the device doesn't interfere with a peaceful or natural death from unhelpful and uncomfortable ICD shocks," Dr. Paul Mueller told Reuters Health in an email. Mueller, the study's senior author, is chair of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

San Francisco Chronicle, Best back pain medicine is to keep it simple by Dr. Nancy Wiese, "Doc, my back hurts." This phrase is heard every day in doctor's offices all over America. In fact, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study, back pain is the third most common reason people visit a doctor. (Skin disorders and joint problems, by the way, are Nos. 1 and 2.)

Florida Times-Union, Health notes: Mayo Clinic's Thomas G. Brott wins American Heart Association's research prize…Mayo neurologist awarded heart prize, Thomas G. Brott, a neurologist and director for research at Mayo Clinic in Florida, has been named the recipient of the American Heart Association’s 2013 Clinical Research Prize.

MedPage Today, CMV Infection Tied to Response to Arthritis Tx by Nancy Walsh…When peripheral blood mononuclear cells from recently diagnosed patients were cultured with various types of immune stimuli including combined lysates of CMV and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), patients who failed to have a clinically meaningful response to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) had higher CMV/EBV scores at baseline than responders (65.6 versus 50.2, P=0.029), according to John M. Davis III, MD, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

WEAU Eau Claire, Need for organs, living donors on the rise, As people start putting together wish lists for gifts this holiday season, more and more need the gift of life. The number of living organ donors has grown, but so has the list of people waiting to find a match. …The need has grown. With people living longer, about 120,000 are waiting for a life-saving organ, according to Mayo Clinic Health System. “They're having to have medical procedures or dialysis multiple times during the week. Their quality of life is not what it would be or not what it is after the gift,” Kelly Buchholtz, Donation Coordinator at Mayo said.

Rheumatology News, Practice tips for opioid prescribing by John Ebbert, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Prescription opioids remain a profound clinical challenge, and we as prescribing practitioners have a significant amount of control over this epidemic. About 14,000 people die from prescription opioid overdoses each year in the United States. Our good intentions to alleviate patient suffering are inextricably bound to the reality of potential iatrogenic harm.

Nortrade (Norwegian Trade Portal), Why Design in Health Care? Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice and medical research group, the first and largest of its kind in the world. We have invited Mayo Clinic to Design Breakfast. Join us last Friday morning in November! On Friday 29th November Lorna Ross, Design Director at Mayo Clinic Centre for Innovation, will tell us how they fuses design principles with scientific methoda to uncover human needs and revolutionize the experience and delivery of health care.

Actualidad, El Rey deja el hospital con muy buen pronóstico para recuperar la movilidad El Rey ha dejado hoy el hospital donde el jueves fue operado de la cadera, con buen aspecto y buen humor, hasta el punto de decir a los periodistas que se encontraba "muy mal, muy mal" cuando el parte médico confirma que ya tiene "autonomía suficiente para los movimientos cotidianos".De ambas operaciones se han encargado el cirujano Miguel Cabanela y su colaborador en la Clínica Mayo de Minnesota (EEUU), Robert Trousdale., Miguel Cabenela, sobre el Rey…El doctor Cabanela, durante la entrevista con ABC…De hecho uno de mis proyectos era volver a la Universidad para estudiar Historia. Pero ahora, entre los viajes solidarios y las clases de la clínica Mayo, no tengo tiempo para nada, y eso que trabajo desde la mañana a la noche. Additional Coverage: La Voz Degalicias, Mujer Hoy, El Porvenir,, El Horizonte , Yahoo! Finanzas México

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