January 10, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich




January 10, 2013

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Meet the Press
Obamacare’s Impact: Two Doctors Discuss

Meet the Press

Drs. Delos Cosgrove and John Noseworthy of the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic discuss the impact of Obamacare.

Reach: NBC's Meet The Press reaches more than 2.6 million total viewers each week.

Additional coverage:  NBC News (Transcript)ABC News (AP)Post-BulletinHealthLeaders Media NewsMaxBusinessWeekRTT NewsKansas City Star (AP)Crain’s Cleveland Business, Minneapolis /St. Paul Business JournalNewsMaxKTTC

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

Public Affairs Contact: Chris Gade

New York Times
For Sleep Apnea Patients, a Possible Alternative to Masks

by Catherine St. Louis

…The mask is unwieldy and uncomfortable, however; one study found that46 percent to 83 percent of patients with obstructive sleep apnea do not wear it diligently. Now scientists may have found an alternative, at least for some patients: a pacemaker-like device NYT bannerimplanted in the chest that stimulates a nerve in the jaw, helping to keep part of the upper airway open…“This is a new paradigm of surgical treatment that seems to effectively control obstructive sleep apnea in selected patients,” said Dr. Sean M. Caples, a sleep specialist in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It’s very exciting.”

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of more than 735,000. Its website receives more than 16.2 million unique visitors each month.

Context: Sean Caples, D.O., is a Mayo Clinic sleep expert with Mayo's Sleep Medicine Center and a specialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Public Affairs Context: Alyson Gonzalez

NY Times
High-Dose Vitamin E Slows Decline of Some Alzheimer's Patients in Study
by Pam Belluck

Does vitamin E help people with Alzheimer’s disease? For years, scientists have been trying to find out, guessing that the vitamin’s antioxidant properties might be beneficiaNYTl. But the results from clinical trials have been mixed and — following a report that high doses of vitamin E may increase the risk of death — cautionary…But other studies have found that vitamin E failed to delay dementia in people without symptoms or with mild cognitive impairment, which may precede Alzheimer’s. “It was dead stone cold in the M.C.I. trial,” said the leader of that study, Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s center. “You couldn’t have found a closer match to placebo.”

Reach: The New York Times has a daily circulation of more than 735,000. Its website receives more than 16.2 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: APArab NewsFOX News LatinoVoice of RussiaChicago TribuneReutersStar TribuneSouth China Morning Post

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: Nick Hanson, Traci Klein

What's a sign of heart attack? Anything

Former Mayor R.T. Rybak was in obvious good health when he suffered a serious heart attack last weekend. If someone as seemingly fit as Rybak could be vulnerable, who is safe? We asked two Mayo cardiologists fMPR-News-300x45or perspective on heart disease…Dr. Charanjit (Chet) Rihal: Interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and chairman of Mayo's Cardiovascular Division; Dr. Sharonne Hayes: Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and the founder of Mayo's Women's Heart Clinic.

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.

Public Affairs Contact: Traci Klein

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week:

Minnesota Medicine, Will Minnesota be the center of the medical universe?…Bearing names such as “destination medical center” and “gateway to biomedical discovery,” projects announced or completed in 2013 sound promising, even futuristic. Here are the details on a few of them: Mayo Clinic launched its $5 billion “Destination Medical Center” initiative that would allow it to expand and improve its Rochester campus in order to “secure and grow Minnesota’s position as a global medical destination for decades to come.”

Reuters, Healthcare costs higher for smokers after surgery by Shereen Jegtvig, Current and former smokers incur higher healthcare costs after having surgery than non-smokers, according to a new study. "Smoking causes an estimated $17 billion in excess healthcare costs each year just because it is more expensive to take care of these folks in the first year after surgeries," Dr. David Warner told Reuters Health by email. He led the new study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, Philly.com

HealthLeaders Media, Healthcare costs higher for smokers after surgery, Current and former smokers incur higher healthcare costs after having surgery than non-smokers, according to a new study. "Smoking causes an estimated $17 billion in excess healthcare costs each year just because it is more expensive to take care of these folks in the first year after surgeries," Dr. David Warner told Reuters Health by email.

Minnesota Medicine, A Look into the Future by Carmen Peota...The health care industry will fail us… In 20 years, we will look back at the second decade of this century as the Decade of Decline of the Health Care Industry and the Decade of the Patient Revolution. The health care industry will decline because in pursuing profits, it will fail to meet the needs of all people desiring to maintain and recover their health. -- Victor Montori, M.D., Director, Health Care Delivery Research Program, Mayo Clinic… New tools will help us treat heart disease, Today, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and men in the United States, and while it may have fallen in rank in the last 20 years, there will still be a high demand for cardiologists because so much of heart disease is related to lifestyle and aging. -- Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine, Women’s Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic.

Arizona Republic, Rush is on to get health care now, with high-deductible plans looming in 2014 by Ken Alltucker…Mayo Clinic said that historically, the number of patients seeking surgical procedures at its Arizona facilities has grown 5 percent to 10 percent each year. This year, those figures have been flat. William Stone, who leads the clinical practice at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said the high- deductible plans are partly responsible. “The way that costs are shifted with people paying a higher premium or deductible, it’s had some impact,” Stone said. “We’ve seen our volumes decrease because of that.” Additional coverage: Tucson Citizen

Fox News, CA Healthcare Changes Leave Woman Without Treatments for Terminal Disease, Paradise, CA resident Tiffany St. Cyr has a rare disease that is incurable but survivable with treatment, yet she cannot get care because of healthcare changes California adopted in anticipation of Obamacare and corresponding state healthcare changes. St. Cyr is 28-years old and suffers from Achalasia…The Mayo Clinic says there is no cure for the disease, but its "symptoms can usually be managed with minimally invasive (endoscopic) therapy or surgery."

Star Tribune, Eye on Ten: These Minnesota newsmakers face business challenges this year, “We continue to refine and perfect our team-based model — integrated care, everyone working together — to drive the highest quality of care at the lowest cost.” Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO Mayo Clinic. About Noseworthy: A neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis, he came to the Mayo Clinic in 1990. He has been leading the $8.5 billion nonprofit hospital system since 2009.

KERA News Texas, Stressed Out About Stress? Here Are Five Ways You Can Make Yourself Happier by Lindsay Knecht, Positive mantras you can stitch on a pillow aren't our thing here at Think. That's why it was so refreshing to hear the very measured, practical advice from Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic. His new book is The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. On Wednesday's Think, he shared his thoughts for maxing out everyday life with gratitude and compassion. Sood jokes that the only thing a constant spirit of anger and envy can ever do for our planet is control the population. Additional coverage: EHS Today

Wisconsin Public Radio, To Combat Stress, Doctor Says Start With Gratitude by Judith Siers-Poisson, Stress is a fact of life…But there are ways to look at life differently, and in the process, to relieve and reduce the toll that stress can take. Dr. Amit Sood is a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and chair of the Mind Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic. He is the author of “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.”…Sood shared that there are five core principles that are key to changing how a person views the stressors in his or her life. Gratitude, compassion, acceptance, higher meaning, and forgiveness are all key, and he added that if you focus on only one to the exclusion of the rest, “you are vulnerable.”

Tristate Homepage Ky., Mayo Clinic Specialist Shares Advice, Guide for Stress-Free Living, Dr. Amit Sood has written, "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living". In the book he offers scientifically-proven, structured and practical approach to understanding the brain's two modes and how an imbalance between these two modes produces unwanted stress. With this understanding of how the mind works, he provides real world skills and actionable steps to decrease stress, cultivate emotional and mental strength, find greater fulfillment and nurture a kind disposition.

Cancer Discovery, Endoxifen Shows Promise in Breast Cancer, With more than 40 years of clinical history, the selective estrogen receptor modulator tamoxifen is a leading therapy for estrogen receptor (ER)–positive breast cancer. However, most women eventually develop resistance to it, and many die of their disease. As a prodrug, tamoxifen relies on the activity of its metabolites for clinical effects… “Many patients who take tamoxifen wind up with endoxifen concentrations that are too low,” says principal investigator Matthew Goetz, MD, professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, who presented the findings last month at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas.

Huffington Post Canada, The Flu Vaccine: Separating Fact and Fiction by Leslie Kennedy, According to the Mayo Clinic: "Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system -- your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as the stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Flu shots urged as cases rise…“While the influenza shot might not protect people completely against the flu, it does improve their odds of not getting it,” said Dr. Dale Reid, a physician at Mayo Clinic Health System. “Every patient I’ve seen with flulike symptoms has been sorry they didn’t get the shot. “It’s worthwhile to avoid the intense misery and incapacitation that goes along with the headache and body ache. This isn’t a ‘sniffles and lounge around the house’ type of cold. It’s being miserable in bed and hoping it goes away soon.”

KTTC, Mayo Clinic reports more patients suffering from the flu, Mayo Clinic reports an increase in the number of patients suffering from the flu. Dr. Priya Sampathkumar said that although the height of flu season is different every year, it's typical for cases to pick up around the last week of December.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Lifestyle choices may help treat mild case of obstructive sleep apnea by Eric Olson, M.D., Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How does having sleep apnea affect my health? Are there treatments that I can try for sleep apnea other than a CPAP machine?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: For those with osteoarthritis, exercise can ease stiffness and increase mobility by Shreyasee Amin, M.D., Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and my doctor says I need to start exercising. I want to, but the pain in my hips and knees makes even a walk around the block difficult. Are there activities that might work for someone like me?

MedPage Today, Nerve Pacing Device Eases Sleep Apnea by Crystal Phend, A device to stimulate a nerve at the base of the tongue substantially improved sleep apnea in patients who couldn't tolerate standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment, a trial showed…Also, the procedure wasn't an option for most patients, Joseph Kaplan, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Center in Jacksonville, Fla., pointed out in an interview…Another concern is that "no one really knows the long-term complications or benefits of stimulating the hypoglossal nerve," Kaplan added.

Post-Bulletin, Students from Colombia bring warmth to chilly Rochester by Matt Stolle, Students from an all-girls school in Bogota, Colombia, twirled onto a Rochester stage on Wednesday, dancing and singing and conjuring the warm cultural rhythms of a country where subzero temps don't exist. The girls, mostly high school sophomores, came from Colegio Santa Francisca Romana School in Bogota, a school owned and operated by the Rochester-based Sisters of Saint Francis. For years now, the school has sent groups of students on artistic missions to the U.S. to spread the country's heritage.

News4Jax,  Shingles and stroke risk, A new study reveals startling statistics for anyone who's ever had shingles, a virus similar to chicken pox. If you contract shingles before the age of 40, your risk of stroke increases by 74%. Dr. Chad Masters, a former family physician with Mayo Clinic, talks about shingles and stroke risk.

First Coast News, Man donates 100 gallons of blood; saves 2,000+ lives by David Williams, Carroll Sharp, 69, of Jacksonville, sat down at The Blood Alliance at Mayo Clinic's Donor room on Monday to do something he has been doing since the 1971. He gave blood…According to Odette Struys, with The Blood Alliance, Sharp gave his 100th gallon of blood Wednesday afternoon. Additional coverage: KENS San Antonio

Mankato Free Press, Questions to ask your new doctor by Robb Murray, It’s that time of year, again. Resolutions, new beginnings, fresh starts ...And for some, a new physician. Whether you signed up for health care through the state’s MNsure system or get insurance through an employer, there could be a large number of people in the Mankato area who will be sitting across the exam room from a stranger in a lab coat and stethoscope. “I’ve been here for 16 years,” Mayo Clinic Health System’s Dr. Steve Campbell said. “At the beginning of the year I’m always greeted with new patients.”

Arizona Newszap, Scottsdale Community Celebrating Diversity names 2014 champions, A Mayo Clinic doctor, a couple involved with Valleywide volunteer efforts and a police commander have been named the 2014 Diversity Champions by the nonprofit group Community Celebrating Diversity.  Dr. Michele Halyard, Jim and Cynthia Hill and Commander Tom Henny will be honored at Scottsdale’s 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

MettingsNet, Mayo Clinic Extends Its Conference's Virtual Reach by Sue Pelletier, “You can’t innovate in a box,” says Francesca Ripple, public affairs communications manager at Mayo Clinic. While the Mayo Clinic Innovation Center’s annual fall Transform event does take place in a box of sorts—the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester, Minn.—this year organizers added the ON24 platform to expand its global reach and allow them to weave social media into the fabric of the event. This is in addition to livestreaming Transform via a legacy streaming solution and running a parallel program in virtual world Second Life, which the conference has done since its public premier in 2009.

Chicago Tribune, BrainStorm says stem cells helped patient with ALS and MG…Israel-based BrainStorm said on Monday a case report is being published in the February issue of "Muscle & Nerve" by the principal investigator and his colleagues at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and a professor from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The report is already available online.

Wall Street Journal, Umbilical Cord Draws Focus From More Scientists Seeking Cures by Peter Loftus…Transplants using the stem-cell-rich blood have already become lifesaving treatments for certain cancers and disorders of the blood, but these studies focus on a wider range of conditions… Timothy Nelson, a physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is testing whether injecting cord-blood stem cells can help rebuild heart muscle in children born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The condition leaves babies without a pumping chamber on the left side of the heart.  PDF

Teen Vogue, good food gone bad, JUICING, So, every celebrity in Tinseltown is fueled by green juice, right? And sipping kale smoothies and apple-pear-carrot water instead of having a burger does feel like a virtuous way to go. But "the devil's in the details," says Donald Hensrud, M.D., an associate professor of nutrition and preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "Juice has more calories per volume than whole vegetables or fruits. To get a decent-size glass of OJ, you'd need about four to five oranges. When would you ever sit down and eat five oranges at once?"

NPR, Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly by Michaeleen Doucleff, Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you. Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of microbes living in the gut, scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature… Even just classifying Bilophila as "bad bacteria" is a tricky matter, says Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

CNN, Paleo diet ranks last on 'best diets' list by Jacque Wilson, Followers of the Paleo Diet may go prehistoric on U.S. News & World Report this week. The publication has ranked the controversial diet last on its "Best Diets Overall" list for 2014… Following DASH on the best overall list was the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet, which also was created by the National Institutes of Health. Next in line were the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Mediterranean Diet and Weight Watchers -- all tied for third place. This is the same as last year's ranking. Additional coverage: News4Jax, KSAZ Ariz., ABC News, CBS News

HealthDay, Drug Duo Might Help Smokers Quit Better Than Single Med by Steven Reinberg, …The drugs -- varenicline (sold under the brand name Chantix) and bupropion (Wellbutrin) -- taken together increase the rates of quitting over 12 weeks compared with Chantix alone, the researchers found. After a year, however, relapse rates were similar using both approaches. "We believe this evidence strongly supports the idea that varenicline helps everybody quit," said lead researcher Dr. Jon Ebbert, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: MedPage Today, Philly.com, Clinical Endocrinology News, Daily Rx, Medical Xpress

Modern Healthcare, 50 Most Influential Physician Executives - 2014 (nominees' titles and affiliations)… John Noseworthy, President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Minnesota Medicine, In loving memory…by Mrinal Patnaik, leukemia specialist at Mayo Clinic, As I see another light fade in front of me, Anger and sadness confront my soul, Why is there so much suffering in humanity, Why does leukemia continue to take a heavy toll, When you have no control over life and death, The only elixir for your weary soul … Is the gratitude expressed from the family, … “Doctor you did everything in your control,” How elusive this very control is, … weighs heavily on my mind, I hope and pray every single day, That we leave no one behind, For human dignity and compassion my heart abounds, For comfort and peace my prayers resound, As our patients’ courage and endurance continue to astound, For being in this profession my gratitude is nothing but profound. In loving honor and memory … Note: In a letter accompanying this submission, Dr. Patnaik wrote, “We have had a fair number of young patients with leukemia pass away recently, and it has been simply heartbreaking.”

Florida Times-Union, Volunteer admires positive attitude by Brandon Davis, When people volunteer, they can change lives – including their own. The smell of fresh cut grass filled Claire Gaffney’s nose. A warming breeze swept across her face as she approached the Davis Building at Mayo Clinic. She clipped her name badge onto the left lapel of her green blazer and joined her fellow volunteers at the information desk.

Minnesota Medicine, Ten years past, ten years ahead by Keith Swetz, M.D., palliative medicine, and the Program in Professionalism and Ethics at Mayo Clinic, Where we have been and where we are going— reflecting on my medical school commencement speech.

Florida Times-Union, Aging population spurs new hospitals, medical centers, by Maggie Fitzroy, Mayo Clinic Research and Facilities Expand, In February, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville received a $7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its Parkinson’s disease research.

Luxury Daily, Robb Report debuts Health and Wellness supplement… “By partnering with top institutions like Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson, The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, Mass General, UCLA Health and Others, our readers and visitors will have access to information about the newest technology, breakthroughs and preparation to have informed dialogues with their care providers to themselves, their parents, children and grandchildren. Robb Report also takes a look at longevity and wellness practices that help to make people’s lives more enjoyable.”

FOX CT, Cold Weather May Cause Possible Health Issues, FOX CT’s Matt Scott is in New Haven to explain the health problems that come with such cold weather. One of the biggest worries is suffering from hypothermia. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.

News 4 Jax, Walk yourself healthy, Can’t motivate yourself to get to the gym?  Or having a hard time sticking to that running schedule?  Recent research suggests just plain walking can have a profound impact on your health. Regular exercise has been shown to lower your risk of early death, stroke, some cancers, and can help control weight and blood pressure. Walking is the cheapest and easiest way to get regular exercise. “Walking, even walking, is a beautiful form of exercise,” said Mary O’Connor, MD, Physician and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Huffington Post, Ask Healthy Living: Why Do We Lose Our Appetite When We're Sick? By Sarah Klein…"When we're sick or ill from many different conditions, our bodies mount a complex inflammatory response," Dr. Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., MPH, chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic, explains to HuffPost Healthy Living in an email. "As part of this response, we produce chemicals called cytokines, which have a wide range of effects and are partly responsible for the decreased appetite." Depending on your illness, hormonal changes may also play a role, he says.

The Dunn County News, MRI installed at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie more spacious for patients…The Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System–Red Cedar in Menomonie hopes to improve patient comfort, as well as image quality, with an upgraded MRI unit installed earlier this month. The new MRI features a larger entry and more spacious compartment for patients, as well as flexible imaging coils that bend to a patient’s body for better image quality. “Our job is to get the best image possible so the physician can make the best diagnosis possible,” says Sandy Svoma, lead radiologic technologist for MRIs.

US News & World Report, Paying for Long-Term Care: A Twitter Chat by Kimberly Leonard… Choosing the right facility can be challenging. Preparing for this transition takes planning and is best begun well in advance. But if the need for long-term care is imminent, there are still several options for your family to consider. To explore this and other issues, U.S. News is holding a Twitter chat with AARP, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, Mayo Clinic and Sharp Seniors, a senior living resource.

CNN, Why brain dead means really dead by Jacque Wilson, A person who is brain dead may appear alive -- there may be a heartbeat, they may look like they're breathing, their skin may still be warm to the touch…While laymen tend to use the words "coma" and "brain dead" interchangeably, in medicine they mean very different things. "Coma" is the broader term used to describe a prolonged state of unconsciousness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additional coverage: WJXT

KMSP, SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Heart attack by Shelby Capacio, Although the signs and symptoms of a heart attack may vary, knowing what to look out for could be the difference between life and death since time is of the essence. The Mayo Clinic lists the following as the most common symptoms of a heart attack…

USA TODAY, U.S. News & World Report Announces Best Diets 2014…Best Diets Overall 1. DASH Diet 2. TLC Diet 3. Mediterranean Diet 3. Weight Watchers 3. Mayo Clinic Diet. Best Weight-Loss Diets 1. Weight Watchers 2. Jenny Craig 2. Biggest Loser 2. Raw Food Diet. Best Diabetes Diets 1. DASH Diet 2. Biggest Loser 3. Vegan Diet 3. Mayo Clinic Diet 3. Ornish Diet 3. Engine 2 Diet 3. Flexitarian Diet.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, It’s a boy!: Red Wing celebrates first baby of 2014 by Michael Brun, Less than 24 hours after the start of 2014, staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing welcomed the area’s first newborn of the year. Tayvis Mac McKinley was born 9:58 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 1. The healthy baby boy weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces at birth and measured 20.5 inches long.

Star Tribune, Pillow talk: Does extreme cold kill dust mites? By Katie Humphrey, Here’s something to toss out in the cold: dust mites. The deep freeze kills the microscopic allergens.…People who suffer from dust mite allergies have to battle the microscopic invertebrates all year. The Mayo Clinic website recommends weekly vacuuming and washing bedding in water that’s at least 130 degrees.

KTTC, Risk of frostbite looms during extreme cold snap…Mayo Clinic has some tips to avoid frostbite: They say to dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing rather than a single layer. Wear a hat that fully covers your ears-- and mittens rather than gloves. And avoid alcohol.

Elgin Courier-News (Ill.),Health tips for dealing with extreme cold, Cold weather can have a chilling effect on health. Not only can it compromise an already distressed respiratory system, the bitter cold can cause hypothermia and frostbite. Information provided by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., warns that arctic temperatures can be very troublesome for people with lung problems.

Post-Bulletin, Protect your toes — and those of your loved ones by Jeff Hansel, Subzero temperatures and extreme wind chills expected Sunday and Monday will be so severe that exposed skin will get frostbitten within five minutes, a Mayo Clinic emergency physician warned Friday. "Nobody can change a tire in five minutes," said Dr. David Nestler, who has provided emergency care in cold climates for 30 years. Related coverage: KARE 11

KIMT, Mayo helps develop new catheter by Jeron Rennie, There is a new, more effective way to get stem cells into the heart thanks in part to the work of some southern Minnesota researchers. Mayo Clinic researchers teamed up with those with Cardio3 Biosciences in Belgium to develop a new catheter they are calling "C-Cath." “Suddenly for our trials for example where we need to grow a billion cells to treat a patient we would need to grow potentially three times less or if we grow the same amount of cells we may get three times as much impact,” said Dr. Atta Behfar, Director of the Cardiac Regeneration Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine.

MedPage Today, HOT TOPICS 2014: Infectious Disease, What do you anticipate will be the most important clinical development in infectious disease in 2014? That's the question we asked three high-profile specialists in the field. In this video, vaccine experts Greg Poland, MD, of the Mayo Clinic and John Treanor, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, join pediatric infectious diseases maven Andrew Pavia, MD, of the University of Utah to give their insightful answers -- ranging from better influenza vaccines to improved diagnostics for bacterial infections.

Star Tribune, EXCERPT: 'Bingo's Run,' by James A. Levine, The Star Tribune called James Levine’s first novel, “The Blue Notebook,” “a small masterpiece.” It told the story of a sex slave in Mumbai who finds solace by writing in a secret notebook. Levine lives in Rochester and is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. His new novel is about a young Nairobi boy who works as a drug runner.

Philly.com, Concussions linked to Alzheimer's, Elderly people who have mild cognitive impairment and a history of serious concussion showed higher amounts of the protein deposits associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study… Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., enlisted 589 elderly residents of surrounding Olmsted County beginning in 2004 and administered a battery of cognitive and memory tests, along with brain scans that show structure and metabolic function.

Calgary Herald, Alzheimer's hope: Vitamin E may slow decline in mild, moderate dementia, veterans study finds (AP)… After a little more than two years of follow-up, those on vitamin E alone had a 19 per cent lower annual rate of decline in daily living skills compared to the placebo group. Memantine made no difference, and vitamin E did not affect several tests of thinking skills. "It's a subtle effect but it's probably real," Dr. Ron Petersen, the Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's research chief, said of the benefit on daily living from vitamin E. "That has to be weighed against the potential risks" seen in earlier studies, he said. Additional coverage: Windsor Star

USA TODAY, Antonita Slaughter cleared to play for No. 7 Louisville by Steve Jones, University of Louisville women's basketball player Antonita Slaughter, who collapsed last month during a game and was expected to be out for the season, has been cleared to play as early as Saturday after undergoing tests at the Mayo Clinic, a surprising "jolt" of good news for the Cardinals, coach Jeff Walz said Friday. Additional coverage: Courier-Journal, Kansas City Star (AP)

Post-Bulletin, Merlin J. Ricklefs: Rochester needs to be more than a medical destination, With the passage of Destination Medical Center legislation, it is clear that Rochester's future success is again tied to Mayo's future success. For those who are wondering why I say "again," it is because when my family and I moved to Rochester in the early 1960s, we moved to a small city dominated by Mayo Clinic.

Denver Post, Teens and pot use: Parents, here's what you need to talk about by Suzanne Brown, Parents who have convinced their children that alcohol and tobacco are bad for them are likely struggling next with how to talk with their teens about marijuana — especially as it has become legal for adults to use recreationally in Colorado… Pot doesn't cause cancer, does it? A Mayo Clinic report published in 2006 and reported on in procon.org found that "marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract. Marijuana smoke is commonly inhaled deeper and held longer than is tobacco smoke, increasing the lungs' exposure to carcinogens." Additional coverage: Pioneer Press,

WNYT NY, Organ donation saves Latham man, Five month old Brigid O'Grady has no idea how close she came to never knowing her dad, Patrick. In 2009, when he was just 34, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. “I had a moment of 'why me'. Then it was very quickly I thought, 'why not?',” says Patrick. He underwent extensive surgery and the removal of 60 percent of his liver, but knew he wasn't fully out of the woods…“California is a huge state with a lot of people nobody donates. I mean, they have very low donor rates and so does New York,” says Patrick. So they went to the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville Florida in March where the list was shorter and the wait began.

HealthDay, Smoking Tied to Higher Post-Op Medical Costs by Mary Dallas… Researchers from the Mayo Clinic noted that smoking cigarettes increases the risk for complications following surgery. They estimated smoking-related complications could add up to $17 billion in direct medical costs each year in the United States alone. The study, published online Jan. 1 in JAMA Surgery and led by Dr. David Warner, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., involved patients who underwent surgery between April 2008 and December 2009.

Arizona Business Magazine, Arizona Telemedicine Sets Standard Of Innovation by Al Bravo, Investments by state governments in their own state universities can yield large returns and help create new industries.  In Arizona, telemedicine is a good example of a success story… Another ATP teaching affiliate, the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, has a network of rural telestroke sites. Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, professor of neurology and director of the telestroke and teleneurology programs at the Mayo Clinic, and Ben Bobrow, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix created a state-wide rural telestroke and teleneurology program that serves 1,500 patients annually, preventing permanent brain damage and death.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo, Florida Blue expand bundling, Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic are expanding their year-old pilot program in which they charge a flat fee for full and partial knee replacements.

WTOP D.C., Study: Shingles in young adults can increase risk for heart attack, As if having shingles isn't painful enough, new research suggests the herpes zoster virus can increase one's risk for a heart attack and other vascular complications -- especially in younger populations. According to the Mayo Clinic, shingles is a virus that is typically diagnosed with pain on one side of the body, as well as a rash or blisters that typically appear on the torso. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.

Renal and Urology News, Systemic Opioids During Prostate Surgery May Offer Advantages by Delicia Yard…Opioids are commonly given to patients during and after surgery. Because they are immunosuppressive, however, systemic opioids can promote tumor recurrence by rendering a person's immune system less able to fight cancer cells that may be present after surgical manipulation of a tumor. Anesthesiologist Juraj Sprung, MD, PhD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and fellow investigators sought to determine whether supplementing general anesthesia with neuraxial analgesia would improve the long-term oncologic outcomes of men undergoing radical prostatectomy for adenocarcinoma. Additional coverage: Consultant 360

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Standard treatment may not work for recurrent or uncommon type of yeast infection by Mary Marnach, M.D, Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For the past 18 months, I've had yeast infections that go away for a few weeks with treatment but then always return. Is there a different type of treatment for a chronic yeast infection? Are there other things I can be doing to prevent this from happening?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Child with mild scoliosis not likely to need treatment unless condition progresses by Anthony Stans, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 10-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with scoliosis. The curve is 19 degrees, and I've read that it could get worse with time. Will she need to wear a brace?

Post-Bulletin Two Mayo hospitals become one by Heather Carlson, The new year brings with it a new beginning for Saint Marys Hospital and Methodist Hospital, in Rochester. As of Jan. 1, the two hospitals will merge to become Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. The move, announced by Mayo Clinic in March, was largely prompted by a desire to simplify the regulatory reporting process and to ensure that the hospitals' data is accurate. But it also will help patients who often do not realize that Saint Marys Hospital's and Methodist Hospital's medical services are consolidated, said Dr. Amy Williams, medical director of hospital practice. Additional coverage: KAAL

NBC Jay Leno, …Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, marijuana can now be used to treat alcoholism. The way it works, is you wake up, you smoke a couple of joints and you’re just too stoned to go to the liquor store...

KBOI (Oregon), 4-year-old Oregon boy can't blink: 'He's just amazing' by Shellie Bailey-Shah, Corban Durant, who will turn 4 years old later this month, loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…But part of Corban's brain is shrinking, affecting his muscle movement and speech. If you look closely, you'll see that he's unable to blink on his own…the family is headed to the renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota…The cost is more than $20,000, and the Mayo Clinic doesn't accept his Oregon Health Plan insurance. In addition, the hospital requires $9,622 down payment before Corban can be seen. Additional coverage: KOMO News, KATU

Georgia Public Radio, Is New Hospital Alliance The Wave Of The Future? By Andy Miller… Hospitals are driven to partnerships partly because of health care reform, Saunders said, with its goal to control costs and increase access to care. She noted the shifting in hospital payments toward quality of services provided rather than quantity of services. Hospitals must collaborate, she said. “We can’t do it alone.’’ The list of Stratus hospitals does not include such major South Georgia players as Phoebe Putney in Albany and the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.

WCCO, How To Cure, Or At Least Minimize, Your Hangover… The Mayo Clinic suggests you not drink on an empty stomach, and drink plenty of water. Pain relievers can help, but be aware that aspirin may irritate your stomach and acetaminophen may damage your liver.

WEAU Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Health System releases list of most popular baby names by Andrew Fefer, Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire has released a list of its most popular baby names in 2013. On Monday, the health care provider released the list. Eight boys named Brayden, Ethan, and Jackson, and nine girls named Madelyn were born at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire during the year.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Lifestyle choices may help treat mild case of obstructive sleep apnea by Eric Olson, M.D., Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. , DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How does having sleep apnea affect my health? Are there treatments that I can try for sleep apnea other than a CPAP machine?

Tri-County Times (Mich.), Feeling SAD?...According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD can cause feelings of hopelessness, social withdrawal, oversleeping and loss of interest in activities.

RobbReport, The Flying Icu by Michelle Seaton, The American tourist had rented a moped in Greece and was having a grand time, until he careened around a corner and woke up in a local hospital. An executive had come to the United States for a procedure at the Mayo Clinic and needed secure transport with round-the-clock medical care while he traveled home to Dubai… all of these people had one thing in common: a membership with AirMed, a top medical air transport company…AirMed also has two Beechjet 400s parked in Rochester, Minn., where they transport patients for the Mayo Clinic.

Vanity Fair, Danger in the Ring by Marie Brenner, When 24-year-old Erika Langhart—talented, beautiful, bound for law school—died on Thanksgiving Day 2011, she became one of thousands of suspected victims of the birth-control device NuvaRing. Elite army athlete Megan Henry, who survived rampant blood clots in her 20s, is another. With major suits against NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, headed for trial, Marie Brenner asks why, despite evidence of serious risk, a potentially lethal contraceptive remains on the market…In 1990, CBS aired interviews with women who thought the implants had caused their illness. Not long after that, the F.D.A. called for a moratorium on silicone-gel implants, except for those used in cancer-reconstruction cases. The move was a disaster for the company. Two years later, a Mayo Clinic study found that there was no connection between silicone implants and connective-tissue disease.

Wall Street Journal, Cancer Screening is Backed for Smokers by Jennifer Corbett Dooren and Ron Winslow, Many former and current smokers should undergo annual CT scans to screen for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., a medical panel said Monday… Some experts welcomed the recommendations. Stephen Cassivi, a thoracic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who wasn't involved in writing the guidelines, said the medical community has struggled to reduce lung-cancer deaths. "Now with being able to screen out early cancers, we're going to make a dent in it," he said.

Huffington Post, 7 Ways To Ease A Nasty Hangover by Corrie Pikul, There's no question that the best way to avoid a hangover is to stop at one drink (or zero), but when that—sigh—doesn't happen, here's what to do… Skip the bacon, sausage, cheese and any other greasy food you've heard will "soak up the alcohol." There's no evidence that fatty foods can make you feel better or more sober, says Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, MD, a consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic—and they may make you feel queasy. If only you'd known that at dinner yesterday: Fatty foods (of any kind—burgers and cheese as well as salmon and avocado) take longer to digest, so they slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.

NBC News (AP), Some with Alzheimer’s find care in far-off nations by Denis D. Gray, Residents of this facility for people with Alzheimer's disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles… Angela Lunde of the U.S.-based Mayo Clinic says that generally the afflicted do better in a familiar environment, but over time, even those with advanced stages of the disease can adjust well. "I think a positive transition has less to do with the move itself and more with the way in which the staff and new environment accommodates the person living with dementia," she says. Additional Coverage: Fox News, Yahoo! News Canada,

Pioneer Press, Wisconsin's Amery medical center merges with HealthPartners by Christopher Snowbeck, Continuing a recent trend in hospital consolidation, Wisconsin's Amery Regional Medical Center is merging with the Bloomington-based HealthPartners network of hospitals and clinics… Earlier this year, Regina Medical Center in Hastings merged with the larger Allina Health System, which is based in Minneapolis. In 2011, the hospital in New Prague merged with the larger Mayo Clinic Health System, which is based in Rochester, Minn.

KTTC, Destination Medical Center initiative spawns Rochester community task forces by Noel Sederstrom, Mayo Clinic's "Destination Medical Center" initiative is taking on a new challenge to start the new year--it's cranking up eight different task forces to gather ideas from all sides on how to shape DMC so no one in Rochester feels left out. On Monday, the Clinic's public affairs unit released the names of dozens of people who will be involved in creating an idea-gathering process during the month of January.  They will be meeting over the next four or five weeks to make sure that "the community input process encompasses the community as a whole."

FOX 47, Destination Medical Center initiative spawns Rochester community task forces, Mayo Clinic's "Destination Medical Center" initiative is taking on a new challenge to start the new year--it's cranking up eight different task forces to gather ideas from all sides on how to shape DMC so no one in Rochester feels left out.

Huffington Post UK, How Are Concussions Linked To Alzheimer's Disease?, A new study suggests that a history of concussion involving at least a momentary loss of consciousness may be related to the buildup of Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain. "Interestingly, in people with a history of concussion, a difference in the amount of brain plaques was found only in those with memory and thinking problems, not in those who were cognitively normal," said study author Michelle Mielke, PhD, with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Post Bulletin, Sales of Kahler Hotel, Rochester Medical mark 2013 by Mark Klein, An eventful business year in 2013 was marked by the sale of the Kahler Grand Hotel, layoffs at IBM and the success of the new Mayo Clinic Accelerator. Some of the highlights:…Accelerator has good first year: The Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator opened early in the year and rapidly showed remarkable signs of success. "We've got a lot of momentum going now. There's a lot of energy there," says Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. President Gary Smith. "We're quite pleased where things stand."

Boston Globe, Why do some people get beer bellies? by Courtney Humphries, Q: Why do some people get beer bellies? A: Michael Jensen, an obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, explains that the classic “beer belly,” a large rounded belly with little fat elsewhere, is caused by a different way of storing fat than most people: putting it behind the abdominal muscles and around the internal organs (visceral fat) rather than under the skin (subcutaneous fat). 

News4Jax, How to exercise if you have a chronic health condition by Mayo Clinic News Network, If you have a chronic disease -- such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or back or joint pain -- exercise can have important health benefits. However, it's important to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine. He or she might have advice on what exercises are safe and any precautions you might need to take while exercising. Find out what you need to know about exercise and chronic disease.

Bloomberg Businessweek, Senesco Announces Letter of Intent to Merge with Fabrus (News Release), …About Senesco Technologies, Inc.: Senesco Technologies is a clinical-stage biotech company specializing in cancer therapeutics. Its proprietary gene regulation technology has demonstrated the ability to kill cancer cells and protect healthy cells from premature death in disease models. The Company is currently in a Phase 1b/2a trial with a product candidate that is designed to treat B-cell cancers, which include multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphomas. Trial sites include Mayo Clinic and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. 

Post Bulletin, Seen & Heard by Megan Kennedy, It takes a big group of people to be able to make such a difference in one life. The Minneapolis-based Smile Network has been performing miracles around the world for almost 10 years, and for the last four years, Renae Claeys, a recovery room nurse at Mayo Clinic, is one of its volunteers… "I've been on four mission trips," Claeys said. "The first three were to Peru, and this last time (Nov. 7-16) was in Puebla, Mexico.

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville survivor helping support underfunded pancreatic cancer research by Beth Reese Cravey, Two years ago Patrick McLaughlin of Jacksonville was in the Mayo Clinic for minor nasal surgery. But routine preparatory tests turned up something potentially far worse. A lesion on his pancreas led to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer …McLaughlin and other board members are planning their first major fundraiser in March, the Culhane’s Celtic Open golf tournament…All proceeds will go to pancreatic cancer research at Mayo. Mayo has not sponsored or endorsed the coalition but is “grateful that they want to raise funds for Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer research,” said clinic spokesman Paul Scotti.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs – 2013 by Molly Gamble, Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to name 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs for 2013…Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital (Rochester, Minn.). Mayo Clinic is home to some orthopedic milestones, such as the implantation of the first Food and Drug Administration-approved artificial hip, performed by a Mayo orthopedic surgeon in 1969. Mayo's orthopedic surgery department cares for more than 80,000 patients each year, and this past spring, the hospital announced an expansion to its sports medicine practice to meet growing national and international demand.

MedPage Today, 10 Questions: Vijay Shah, MD by Cole Petrochko, What is the most important piece of advice for med students or doctors just starting out today? Medicine is a "calling," not a pursuit for those looking for a lucrative profession, says Vijay Shah, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. That's his answer to just one of 10 questions theMedPage Today staff is asking leading clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Red Wing native joins medical center by Danielle Killey, A Red Wing native is the newest pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Amy Down, D.O., recently joined the team. She has special interests in infant care and breastfeeding. “I really look forward to seeing children and getting to know their families — especially here in Red Wing,” Down said. “I grew up here and I look forward to watching my patients develop and grow in this wonderful community.”

NY Times, Roughed Up by an Orca? There’s a Code for That by Andrew Pollack… Next fall, a transformation is coming to the arcane world of medical billing. Overnight, virtually the entire health care system — Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers, hospitals, doctors and various middlemen — will switch to a new set of computerized codes used for determining what ailments patients have and how much they and their insurers should pay for a specific treatment…“It’s not going to be a shock to the industry to confront this,” said Christopher G. Chute, professor of biomedical informatics at the Mayo Clinic. “We’ve literally had seven or eight years to anticipate it.”

Washington Post (AP), Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nations… Angela Lunde of the U.S.-based Mayo Clinic says that generally the afflicted do better in a familiar environment, but over time, even those with advanced stages of the disease can adjust well. “I think a positive transition has less to do with the move itself and more with the way in which the staff and new environment accommodates the person living with dementia,” she says.

Kansas City Star Can ‘the Mayo way’ save U.S. health care? by Alan Bavley, Since William Mayo opened his horse-and-buggy practice just shy of 150 years ago, the Mayo Clinic has turned this farm town into a medical mecca with two hospitals and gleaming marble medical buildings where more than 350,000 patients a year come from around the world… Mayo’s success comes from a “core commitment to patients’ interests, not because Mayo has to do it for ensuring financial success,” said Victor Montori, an endocrinologist who leads Mayo’s health care delivery research program. Additional coverage: Lake Expo,

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville survivor helping support underfunded pancreatic cancer research by Beth Cravey, Two years ago Patrick McLaughlin of Jacksonville was in the Mayo Clinic for minor nasal surgery. But routine preparatory tests turned up something potentially far worse. A lesion on his pancreas led to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer…McLaughlin and other board members are planning their first major fundraiser in March, the Culhane’s Celtic Open golf tournament…All proceeds will go to pancreatic cancer research at Mayo. Mayo has not sponsored or endorsed the coalition but is “grateful that they want to raise funds for Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer research,” said clinic spokesman Paul Scotti.

NBC Latino, Speaking multiple languages may help to prevent dementia, We now know keeping your brain active can help prevent dementia. There is now new evidence showing that speaking more than one language may actually help to delay dementia. NBC Latino Dr. Joseph Sirven shares information about how being bilingual can delay or prevent the onset of dementia.

MedPage Today, 10 Questions: Eric Matteson, MD, by Nancy Walsh, What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? Without a doubt, it is lack of access for many patients, says Eric L. Matteson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic. That's just the first of 10 questions the MedPage Today staff is asking leading clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses. Here are Dr Matteson's answers to all 10 questions.

Reuters, Book Talk:-'Cartographer of No Man's Land' on World War One's place in fiction by Randall Mikkelsen, Writer P.S. Duffy wove her affection for Nova Scotia's maritime culture, a career in science and a background in history into a debut novel depicting the trauma of World War One on the psyche and society. The book, "The Cartographer of No Man's Land," is about a young would-be artist and his scarred return home after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where Canada's victory helped forged its national identity. Duffy, a neuroscience writer at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, has also written a textbook and a memoir of her family's life in China during the Communist revolution.

Star Tribune, New heart valve repair without open heart surgery by James Walsh…“ nstead, her cardiologist turned to a just-approved device called a ­MitraClip that could be deployed via a catheter snaked up to her heart through a vein in her leg…We’re all very excited about it,” said Dr. Paul ­Sorajja, an interventional cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Abbott Northwestern Hospital… Sorajja, who came to Abbott Northwestern from the Mayo Clinic, said, “We had our suspicions that this would work. It was a great day. It was a really great day for us. We are so happy.”

Wall Street Journal How to Spot Weight-Loss Scams by Lindsay Gellman,… Always consult with your physician or health-care professional before using a new weight-loss product, says Richard Cleland, assistant director of advertising practices for the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Cleland says some weight-loss products contain undisclosed prescription-strength ingredients that could harm consumers. Some contain more than the recommended daily dose of caffeine—200 to 300 milligrams, or the equivalent of two to four cups of brewed coffee, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Food not always the cause of eosinophilic esophagitis by Jeffrey Alexander, M.D., Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis a few months ago, but have had trouble with food getting stuck for years, so I've probably had it for a long time. Is it reasonable to first try elimination diets to figure out what foods trigger the reaction, or is medication usually required to treat EoE?

Casper Star Tribune (Wyo.), Mills man creates mouthpiece art to stay active, close to nature by Tom Dixon, Barry Reed demonstrates how he uses a paintbrush attached to a tool in his mouth to paint scenes of the American West on Monday at his home in Casper. Reed suffered a spinal cord injury when he was bucked off a bareback horse in 1981 and was paralyzed from the shoulders down…What Reed does remember are the hospitals: The hospital in Billings, Mont., where he was expected to die; the hospitals in Casper and Denver, where doctors performed nine surgeries on his throat; and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where surgeons removed two inches of his trachea, relocated the trache site and moved his vocal cords.

Medscape, More Evidence Links Head Trauma to Alzheimer's Pathology by Sue Hughes, Further evidence that head trauma could be associated with Alzheimer's disease later in life has been reported in a new study. The study, published online in Neurology on December 26, was conducted by a team led by Michelle M. Mielke, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. More coverage: KNAU Arizona, NPR, US News & World Report, Guardian Express, MPR, MedPage Today, FOX Business

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Pediatrician faces 14 more lawsuits by Christena O’Brien, Dr. David Van de Loo was named as a defendant in 14 additional civil suits filed Monday in Eau Claire County Court by former patients who accuse him of sexually abusing them during examinations. Until September 2012, the 61-year-old pediatrician practiced at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, named as one of three additional defendants in the lawsuits. The others are the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund and ProAssurance Casualty Co., both based in Madison. Additional coverage: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press,

Wall Street Journal, Childhood Cancer’s New Conundrum by Amy Dockser Marcus, Adults who survived childhood cancer are facing a new health challenge: premature aging...Other researchers are examining childhood cancer survivors who show signs of cognitive issues. Ronald C. Petersen of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who focuses on Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment in the general population, worked with St. Jude researchers on a study in which they gave young survivors standard memory tests and magnetic resonance imaging, similar to the diagnostics used for people at risk for Alzheimer's. The survivors resembled people with mild cognitive impairment, he said. They could hold down jobs and have normal social interactions, but the worry was the problems would progress to early-onset memory loss and dementia. More studies are needed, he said. 

USA Today, Alzheimer's risk tied to concussions in some by Karen Weintraub, Having a serious concussion could be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's decades later – though not everyone with head trauma will lose their memory, a new study suggests. A team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn., conducted brain scans on 448 older Minnesotans who had no signs of memory problems and 141 who did. Roughly 17% in both groups had had a brain injury earlier in life involving some loss of consciousness or memory. Additional Coverage: LA Times, The Belfast Telegraph, The Daily Beast, Arizona Republic, Wausau Daily Herald, Business Standard, The Economic Times, Fox News, University Herald, Health.India.com, WebMD,

KARE 11 (AP), FedEx truck driver hurt in Minn. train collision, The driver, identified as 50-year-old Timothy Moore, had just delivered a package to a house near Hayward when the accident happened Thursday morning. The Freeborn County sheriff's office says Moore was traveling south down the driveway from the house when the train collided with the front of the truck…Moore was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. The Albert Lea Tribune (http://bit.ly/1dG9G7O ) reports his injuries are not life-threatening.

Huffington Post Canada, 7 Surprising Body Odor Causes, Here are a few of the most surprising… And the stinkiest sweat of all is stress sweat. That's because it's produced from a category of sweat glands called apocrine glands. Aprocrine glands produce a less-watery sweat, and bacteria go crazy for the fats and proteins in the mix. That feeding frenzy is what releases the odor, according to the Mayo Clinic… When diabetes is untreated, it's possible to experience what's called diabetic ketoacidosis…That buildup in turn may produce a change in body odor, according to the Mayo Clinic, and may be a sign it's time to see a doctor.

WEAU, 'Smart shopping' tours in Eau Claire to promote healthy eating by Olga Michail,  In an effort to help people shop healthy and smart Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering up with major grocery store chains all across the city.
Dietitians and health educators will be there to help shoppers understand food labels and find healthy on-the-go options. "Majority of people do not pay attention to food labels because they're scared of it," said Diane Dressel. Registered Dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System Diane Dressel says the goal of the program is to teach people how to understand nutrition behind the food labels, and give consumers a few shopping tips as well.

Grand Forks Herald, Boy wonder in Minnesota thriving, but mystery of medical symptoms remains by Meredith Holt, Starting to cry, he put his palms over his eyes, tears running down his face. “Mom, will you pray with me?” “Sure, what are we going to pray about?” “Will you pray that the doctors at Mayo will fix my legs so they work when I want them to?” Christmas wishes don’t get any more basic… In a few weeks, Tommy’s due for his annual visit to Mayo Clinic, where he’ll find out if he’s gotten strong enough to get fitted for bracing, which would allow him to start walking.

Le Huffington Post, Vaincre le trac : l'excitation serait plus efficace que le calme, (Slideshow) Les résultats d'une étude publiée en 1989 par l'American Journal of the Medical Sciences a établi un lien entre fou-rire" et un niveau plus faible de cortisol, l'hormone du stress,; dans le sange…Toujours aux Etats-Unis, la Mayo Clinic, a rapporté que rire provoque une sécrétion d'endorphine dans le cerveau et détend les muscles, ce qui est essentiel à la détente.

KMBZ, Blue Can Be Another Color of the Holiday Season, Feeling a little blue these days?  You’d be wise to lower your expectations. Stress management expert Dr. Amit Sood says what happens is some people take the expression “Have a joyous holiday season” a little too literally and start feeling lousy if things don’t always go according to plan. Sood, who works at Mayo Clinic, explains, “You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.  If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.  They can offer support and companionship.”

Star Tribune (AP), Democrats drove big decisions at Minn. Capitol in 2013 as Republicans regrouped for 2014 fight by Brian Bakst, Democrats were in control of Minnesota politics in 2013 — a year that saw stark shifts in social and fiscal policy…Along the way, the Democratic majorities and Gov. Mark Dayton moved to make all-day kindergarten available statewide, partner with the Mayo Clinic on a massive expansion and set up a state-based health insurance exchange that has been mired in technical flaws like those that have beset the federal version.

Fox 47, City Lines commuter bus catches fire in front of Mayo Clinic, A Richfield City Lines commuter bus caught fire about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the heart of downtown Rochester, and everyone on board had to evacuate…Rochester Fire Dept. Asst. Fire Marshal Larry Mueller said the fire appeared to be in the rear brakes of the large bus, and he said everyone evacuated safely.

Orlando Sentinel, There are several choices available to treat degenerative hip disease in a younger patient, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 36 years old and have had constant pain in my right hip for two years. Last year, I was diagnosed with moderate degenerative hip disease. Medication managed my pain initially but is no longer effective. My doctor says the next step is a steroid shot or a procedure that involves going in and "cleaning the roughness." What does this mean?

KSTP, Minnesotans Brace for Frigid New Year's Eve by Leslie Dyste, A blast of bitter cold will keep Minnesotans chilled going into the new year…The first sign of frostbite is redness or pain in any skin area. The Mayo Clinic is warning people to immediately get inside and watch for other warning signs like a white or grayish-yellow skin color, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Oh, the noise, noise, noise by Michael Brun, The holidays can be a noisy time as children pop in the batteries to their new toys and turn them on. But more than an occasional annoyance, sound effects on some electronic games and devices can be loud enough to cause hearing damage, health experts warn…Along with distance from the ear, the amount of exposure also is an important factor for hearing damage, said Dr. Airika Gibbs, an audiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. At 85 decibels, noise is safe for up to eight hours before damage occurs, she explained, but that time is cut in half for every 3-decibel increase.

Sioux City Journal, Hangover cures: What can you do the day after?, You and your "wolf pack" of well-lubricated wastrels may be bidding adieu to 2013 in much the same manner you guys welcomed in the year: by hoisting a few too many, come New Year's Eve…Five things to know about hangovers - What causes 'em?: Well, drinking too much, of course. According to the Mayo Clinic, alcohol cause your body to produce more urine, irritates the lining of your stomach and causes your blood sugar to fall. The result: a freakin' hangover.

Straits Times, SGH and Mayo Clinic develop new procedure to treat tennis elbow by Linette Lai, A minimally invasive procedure has been developed to treat tennis elbow and help relieve pain…The procedure was part of a collaboration between the Singapore General Hospital and the Mayo Clinic in America.

, 17-year-old expects Christmas to be something special after illness, Christmas this year is special for Mickala Morinville, who is back with her family after a lengthy illness and a Christmas spent a year ago at the Mayo Clinic… After a week in Fargo Mickala was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She had been placed on a ventilator because her lungs had filled with fluid… Around Thanksgiving, Mickala recalled asking to visit a chapel and on Dec. 1 the hospital staff, with equipment in tow, took her to the chapel at Mayo's St. Mary's Hospital. It was the first of three chapel visits. "I don't remember all of the Mass, but I remember receiving Communion," Mickala said.

ABC News, Hangover Cures: Fact or Fiction by Gilliam Mohney, Want to kick back with a few drinks on New Year's Eve, but dreading the inevitable hangover?...Try a Hearty, Greasy Breakfast to Soothe an Upset Stomach…But rather than eating a giant greasy plate of food on an upset stomach, the Mayo Clinic recommends bland food items like toast and crackers that can help stabilize blood sugar without further irritating the stomach.

Imperial Valley News, Tips for Avoiding Holiday Heart Attacks and Stroke, The holidays are certainly an exciting time, filled hopefully with love, laughter, food and gifts, but the hustle and bustle can also bring unexpected medical concerns, including increased risk for heart attack and stroke…To minimize the risk of an unexpected visit to the emergency room, Kevin M. Barrett, M.D., vascular neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Primary Stroke Center, offers these tips…

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: For those with osteoarthritis, exercise can ease stiffness and increase mobility, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and my doctor says I need to start exercising. I want to, but the pain in my hips and knees makes even a walk around the block difficult.  

KARE, Concussions Linked to Alzheimer’s, New this morning, a new study suggests that a history of concussions, involving loss of consciousness, may be related to alzheimers disease symptoms.  For the study, people from olmsted county, Minnesota were given brain scans. Mayo Clinic researchers found people who had memory and thinking impairments and a history of head trauma had plaque levels 18-percent higher than those with no head trauma history.

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Associated Press), 14 new civil lawsuits against Eau Claire doctor, An Eau Claire pediatrician who's accused of inappropriately touching male patients has been named as a defendant in 14 new civil lawsuits, bringing to 26 the number of lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault. Green Bay Press Gazette Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Pioneer Press

Huffington Post, Obese Children Have Higher Cortisol Stress Hormone Levels: Study, While not all stress is bad -- acute stress improves alertness and cognitive performance, for instance -- chronic stress has been linked with a number of health problems, including weight gain, heart disease, digestion problems, depression and anxiety, according to the Mayo Clinic.

NBC News, Why more boomers are getting cataract surgery at a younger age, And a recent study by the Mayo Clinic indicates an increasing number of people are having cataract surgery — and are doing so at "younger" ages. The study, which examined cataract surgeries done from 2005 to 2011 in Minnesota's Olmsted County, found that about 20 percent of those surgeries were in patients younger than 65.

Yahoo News (Reuters), Book Talk - 'Cartographer of No Man's Land' on World War One's place in fiction, Writer P.S. Duffy wove her affection for Nova Scotia's maritime culture, a career in science and a background in history into a debut novel depicting the trauma of World War One on the psyche and society. Duffy, a neuroscience writer at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, has also written a textbook and a memoir of her family's life in China during the Communist revolution.

Perth Sunday Times, Are red wine, chocolate, coffee and tea really good for you? You've justified your Christmas binge on chocolate, red wine and other treats with the defence that science says they're good for you. In fact the Mayo Clinic says drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer and weakened heart muscle.

New York Times, Kelly Clark, Lawyer Who Won Boy Scouts Abuse Case, Dies at 56 by Danielle E. Slotnik, Kelly Clark, a lawyer whose successful child molestation lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America in Oregon led to the release of a trove of documents containing thousands of accusations of sexual abuse, died on Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was 56… The cause of death had not been determined, said Paul Mones, his co-counsel on the suit against the Boy Scouts.

Forbes, Top Ten Healthcare Quotes For 2013 by Dan Munro, #7 – “We have to be very careful not to blame the patients. A lot of the conversation [around patient engagement] has been, how do we get them to do stuff? To me, that’s not engagement.” Victor Montori, MD – Director of Healthcare Delivery Research and Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, 2013's top real estate stories: Mayo Clinic's $6 billion plan by Sam Black, One of the big real estate stories for 2013 was the 20-year economic development plan in Rochester supporting The Mayo Clinic. It’s called Destination Medical Center, and it’s supposed to attract almost $6 billion in new projects from hospital additions at Mayo to new hotels and office buildings. The development plan, boosted by a half-billion dollars in incentives passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, has already caused land values to jump amid speculation about big projects like a five-star hotel such as a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons.

New York Times, Putting Injuries Behind Him, Jermain Taylor Fights On by Josh Katzowitz, After the fight, Taylor asked his wife, Erica, and his promoter, Lou DiBella, in what round he had been stopped. He asked again a few minutes later. And again a few minutes after that. That was when Taylor’s team knew something was wrong, and soon after, Taylor, who had a brain bleed and a concussion, temporarily stepped away from the sport. His health, he knew, was at stake… Instead, Burns persuaded Taylor to visit the Mayo Clinic. He sent him to the Cleveland Clinic, and the stringent Nevada Athletic Commission. All three cleared Taylor to fight. “We’re ready to go, right?” Burns said an eager Taylor had asked him after the testing was complete. “Nope,” Burns said. “We’re going to take another six months off.”

Star Tribune, Fast-growing health insurer UCare moves into new markets by Jackie Crosby and Patrick Kennedy, CEO Nancy Feldman still slides on the tiara when there’s a milestone to celebrate at UCare…But the biggest tiara party could come in the year ahead. UCare expects to see enrollment expand beyond the 400,000 mark, extending an unrivaled growth spurt that sets it apart from its peers among the Star Tribune’s 100 largest nonprofit companies, where it ranks No. 7 on our list… Health care nonprofits, including insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield and health care providers like the Mayo Clinic, accounted for 92 percent of the revenue on our 2012 list, the same as in 2011… At No. 2-ranked Mayo Clinic, revenue rose 9.6 percent to $9.3 billion. The big Rochester-based health care provider spent 91 cents on expenses for each dollar of revenue. No. 3-ranked Medica saw revenue jump 6 percent to $4.6 billion.

KAAL, Mayo Doctor Says CTE Concerns are Overblown by Sean Boswell, "It's painful for my daughters to say they're afraid of me," said Hall of Fame NFL running back Tony Dorsett told ESPN. All the hits Dorsett took during his career may have come at a horrible price. He has CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy… “There's a bunch of very tragic case studies, but there isn't yet a population based study that shows what the behavioral cognitive manifestations are yet of CTE, the research just isn't there yet," said Mayo Clinic clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Tom Bergquist…CTE is typically not identified or diagnosed until death. According to Dr. Bergquist, 95% of people who suffer concussions recover just fine. However, if someone has multiple concussions, there is more concern about what the future may hold.

MPR, Love, death, life, and a letter to a baby by Bob Collins, Nate Yoho and Laura Brammeier of Des Moines didn’t have much time together after they met in late 2007. They were engaged three years later, just before Laura passed out at work. It was cancer in the brain. In May 2011 she had surgery at the Mayo Clinic. In August, they were married. The 28-year-olds wanted a family, but the cancer hit hard and there was no way Laura’s body could handle a pregnancy. The Yohos had several embryos frozen before the first round of cancer treatments, and a friend volunteered to be a surrogate. Her friends hosted a baby shower for her last July. And a few days later, Laura died. Their daughter was born about three weeks ago (Des Moines Register). The reporter who covered the story has written a letter to the baby.

Star Tribune, Business people: Moving Up, U.S. Bank, Minneapolis, named Kenneth Palattao vice president and health care banking specialist for the private client reserve. Palattao was vice president of operations and surgical services for the Mayo Clinic health system and has held leadership positions at Pediatric Surgical Associates and Park Nicollet Health Services.

Post-Bulletin, First baby appears nine minutes into new year by Kay Fate, It was 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day, but Katie Yager was the last one in the room to realize 2014 had begun. Well, the second-to-the-last one in the room. Daughter Maisie Lois made her appearance eight minutes later, making her the first baby born this year in Olmsted County. She arrived at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. "We celebrated New Year's Eve with an emergency C-section," Yager joked Wednesday afternoon.  Additional coverage: KAAL, KTTC

PARADE, 7 New Years Resolutions That Save $9,000 by Leah Ingram, Most Americans make one of 13 popular New Year’s resolutions, ranging from the typical (get fit, eat better) to the altruistic (volunteer more in the New Year). One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight, and a 2013 Mayo Clinic study proved that people who were given a financial incentive to lose weight not only lost more weight but also kept it off, compared with those in the study who received no incentives.

La Crosse Tribune, New Year’s babies welcomed at Gundersen, Mayo…The first newborn at Mayo Clinic Health System-La Crosse came at 9:33 a.m., just hours after parents Mary and Frank Mara arrived at the hospital. The Prairie du Chien couple stayed overnight in La Crosse on Tuesday because of weather. The contractions kicked in about 3 a.m. and Mary made the call to head to the hospital about 6 a.m.

Ottawa Citizen, Post-holiday stress relief by Patrick Langston, How you react to stress may depend in part on genetics, according to mayoclinic.com, with some people predisposed to over- or under-respond to stressors…The Mayo Clinic site lists other symptoms, including headaches and muscle tension, change in sex drive and lack of motivation.

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Post-Bulletin, Paired kidney program makes two Christmases bright, Jeff Post was devastated when he was told he could not replace his daughter's failing kidney with one of his own. But thanks to the paired kidney donation program at the Mayo Clinic, he still was able to donate a kidney and save his 11-year old daughter's life.

WBAY (Health Day), Keeping healthy during holiday travel, Traveling long distances by plane, car or train over the holidays can pose health risks if you don't take steps to protect yourself, an expert warns. "One health risk to consider when traveling is simply sitting for too long," Dr. Clayton Cowl, an expert in transportation medicine at Mayo Clinic, said in a clinic news release.

WHNT, The Best Christmas Present Ever: Stranger Provides Kidney For Madison Girl, Days before Christmas and the Post family from Madison is on the way to the Mayo Clinic so 11-year-old Anna can receive the gift of life, and her dad can provide that same gift to a stranger. The family was flown on board an Angel Flight, a not-for-profit service that provides free transportation to patients needing emergency care, to Rochester, Minnesota Thursday for the very important procedure.

Minnesota Public Radio (Daily Circuit), How to keep holiday from killing you, This time of year can be busy and stressful. While many obligations can be joyful, the season often leads to additional stress. Mayo Clinic stress expert Dr. Amit Sood joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the steps he recommends to lower stress and enjoy the holidays. Sood's upcoming book is "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living."

HealthDay, Keeping Healthy During Holiday Travel, Traveling long distances by plane, car or train over the holidays can pose health risks if you don't take steps to protect yourself, an expert warns. "One health risk to consider when traveling is simply sitting for too long," Dr. Clayton Cowl, an expert in transportation medicine at Mayo Clinic, said in a clinic news release. Additional Coverage: U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! Health, MSN Healthy Living,

ABC Radio News, Holiday Stress Management, Feeling a little blue these days?  You’d be wise to lower your expectations. Stress management expert Dr. Amit Sood says what happens is some people take the expression “Have a joyous holiday season” a little too literally and start feeling lousy if things don’t always go according to plan.

News4Jax, Avoiding "Holiday Heart" attacks, VIDEO: The holidays are certainly an exciting time, but the hustle and bustle can also bring unexpected medical concerns; including increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Studies show that there is a significant increased risk in December and January, specifically on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Dr. Kevin Barrett, Mayo Clinic, talks more about this Holiday Heart rise and how it can be prevented.

ABC News, Holiday Cocktails: What to Drink, What to Rethink by David Zinczenko, Prohibiting a vice only makes it that much more tempting…And consuming in a moderate way (think Wise Men, not “Mad Men”) can actually be good for you. Moderate alcohol consumption can actually reduce your risk of developing heart disease, gallstones and possibly diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Post Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic, Florida Blue continue collaboration, Mayo Clinic in Florida and "Florida Blue" insurance plan to continue their collaboration, the two organizations announced this week. Key to the continued collaboration will be a bundled payment agreement specific to the treatment of knee-replacement surgery for Florida Blue's members. Thousands of Florida Blue commercially insured policyholders statewide will also now have access to Mayo Clinic as an in-network provider.

The Dunn County News, Making Mondays more fun in the coming year, Finding a positive outlet for children’s energy can be a challenge for busy parents. When it’s too cold to go outside, join Mayo Clinic Health System’s Wellness ROCKS program for Mondays in Motion… “Children are back in school, and it’s cold outside,” says Tina Tharp, Wellness ROCKS coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie. “Mondays in Motion is a great opportunity for kids to burn off extra energy, have fun with their parents and get moving.”

NBC Latino, What you need to know about epilepsy, Video: One in 26 individuals will be impacted by epilepsy somewhere during their lifetime.  Epilepsy is basically the condition of having repeated seizures. Any age group can be affected; from infants to older adults; and in fact, the very old and the young tend to be the ones that are most impacted with the seizures that are associated with epilepsy. NBC Latino contributor Dr. Joseph Sirven shares what you need to know about epilepsy.

Orlando Sentinel (Chicago Tribune), Women Report Complications from Essure Birth Control by Julie Deardoff, Angie Derry knew that her Essure implants were designed to remain inside her body forever. But two years after a doctor inserted the tiny coils into her fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy, the Rockford mother wants them removed…At the very least, Derry wants to rule out Essure as the cause of her joint, back and pelvic pain, chronic low-grade fever, cramping, numbness and tingling, hair thinning and extreme fatigue…Bayer says its data show Essure is correctly placed on the first try 96.9 percent of the time. Other studies report the initial placement success at a rate of 84 percent to 98 percent, according to a 2011 review of Essure by Mayo Clinic researchers.

Healthcare IT, Genomics pose 'daunting' test for EHRs by Neil Versel, Think parsing the growing amount of information in electronic health records is tough now? Just wait until genomic data starts showing up in EHRs… 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… Christopher Chute, MD, founder of Mayo Clinic's Division of Biomedical Informatics, wrote about applying big data to translational research.

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic to grow cells in space by Jeff Hansel, A Mayo Clinic researcher hopes to one day grow cells, tissue and organs — in space. Dr. Abba Zubair, Mayo-Florida Cell Therapy Lab medical director and a professor with theMayo Center for Regenerative Medicinebased in Rochester, says "micro-gravity" at the International Space Station is key to supplying humans with stem cells.

KTTC, Caring Canine carolers visit Rochester Methodist Hospital by Courtney Sturgeon, Patients at Rochester Methodist Hospital got the special treatment through the love and loyalty of dogs of the "Caring Canines" program. Volunteers with Caring Canines sang Christmas carols in the halls of Rochester Methodist while their beloved pets paraded by their side.  Fido and friends were dressed in festive attire to bring some holiday cheer to patients.  Like the Olsen family who welcomed a baby girl to their family this week. Additional Coverage: KAAL, Post Bulletin

Le Center Leader, Director of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Fitness Center in New Prague shares 11 tips to stay fit this winter, The doldrums of winter make staying in bed with a plate of comfort food sound like a good idea more often than not… Jill Rohloff, director of Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague’s The Fitness Center, has 11 tips to help you fight the urge for inactivity this winter.

Ripoff Report, Complaint Review: Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Franciscan Healthcare, Joe Kruse CAO; Kay Przywojski; Julie Conway; Dr. Gilda Winter; Martha Boehner aka Marty; Dr. Michael VanNorstrand; et. al. Verbal and mental and emotional abuse, bullying, threats made to me and others - I do have visual proof of one besides me, mistreatment, trauma, therapeutic harm, physical pain and suffering, emotional pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering and anguish, misdiagnoses both physical and mental, La Crosse Wisconsin

Ripoff Report, Complaint Review: Board of Trustees Mayo Clinic, Tom Brokaw is going to get an Honorary MD from Mayo Clinic in 2014, yet the Board of Trustees is allowing certain women patients to have surgeries done without consent for student/resident practice - when the patients specifically refused the surgery, refused the anesthesia, and refused student/residents and the student/residents had never seen the patient(s). There was not to be a resident, intern or student in the room, or with gloves on and instruments in their hands - this can be posted on the rooms - examining and otherwise.  People do come for consults to Mayo Clinic for the ancillary staff. Tom Brokaw has been told about this - and the Patient Services people are covering this up based on what is in their computers - that these cases are 'closed.' 

El Neuvo Dia, Optar por el parto en la fase temprana del término aumenta las complicaciones maternas e infantiles, Por ello, podría parecer más fácil aliviar los síntomas propios del final del embarazo optando por dar a luz antes; sin embargo, los científicos de Mayo Clinic advierten que esos partos precoces pueden aumentar el riesgo de complicaciones para la madre y el recién nacido. Los científicos de Mayo acaban de publicar una revisión sobre el tema en la revista Mayo Clinic Proceedings


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