February 7, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich





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Star Tribune

Block E to be renamed Mayo Clinic Square
By Janet Moore

The nearly vacant and long-troubled Block E retail complex has signed one of Minnesota’s most respected brands as a tenant — the Mayo Clinic. The world-renowned medical center will open a sports medicine facility as part of a partnership with pro basketball’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, which will move their practice facilities and headquarters from Target Center to the retail complex this Star-Tribune-Logo-300x45fall.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage:
Pioneer PressWill new facility keep Love in Minnesota?; Pioneer Press, Minnesota Timberwolves to announce partnership with Mayo Clinic; KMSP, Finance & CommerceMinnPostMPRPioneer PressPioneer PressVita.mnWCCONBAMinneapolis / St. Paul Business JournalSwish AppealPost-BulletinStar TribuneMinneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Finance & CommerceBringMeTheNews

Context: Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx today announced a partnership which extends the Mayo Model of Care for patients in sports medicine to the Twin Cities. The collaboration includes: 1) the opening of a Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at 600 Hennepin, 2) designating Mayo as the preferred medical provider for the teams, and 3) utilizing the teams’ international reach to educate the public about numerous health and wellness topics.

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Announce Collaboration

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson

CVS ban on cigarettes could cut smoking rates
By Liz Szabo

… Canada has reduced cigarette sales simply by requiring retailers to store them under the counter, where they're invisible to customers, says Richard Hurt, director of Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence USA Today NEWCenter. He notes that tobacco companies pay convenience stores a lot of money to position cigarette ads prominently near the register. "The tobacco industry has known for decades that if they can place their products in customers' faces, they have more attractiveness," Hurt says.

Reach: USA TODAY  has the highest daily circulation of any U.S. newspaper with a daily average circulation of 2.9 million, which includes print and various digital editions.

Additional coverage: KARE11Florida Times-UnionBethany Beach Wave Del.KHOU Texas (AP)Detroit Free PressWashington Post (AP)Titusville Herald Pa. (AP)Miami Herald (AP)CTV News CanadaWNYT NYNew RepublicKAAL

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

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein, Nick Hanson

Reuters TV
High hopes for space grown stem cells

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are preparing to test their theory that stem cells grow faster in microgravity. With a grant from an organisation that promotes research aboard the International Space Station, Dr. Abba Zubair will send a batch of cells into space where he believes the future of human tissue generation with stem cells may lie. Ben Gruber reports. Reuters

Reach: Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing newsworld newsbusiness newstechnology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal financestock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, videomobile, and interactive television platforms.

Additional coverage: MSN

Context: Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., believes that cells grown in the International Space Station (ISS) could help patients recover from a stroke, and that it may even be possible to generate human tissues and organs in space. He just needs a chance to demonstrate the possibility. He now has it. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a nonprofit organization that promotes research aboard the ISS, has awarded Dr. Zubair a $300,000 grant to send human stem cells into space to see if they grow more rapidly than stem cells grown on Earth. Dr. Zubair, medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Florida, says the experiment will be the first one Mayo Clinic has conducted in space and the first to use these human stem cells, which are found in bone marrow.

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Atlanta Business Chronicle
WellStar strikes partnership deal with Mayo Clinic
By Urvaksh Karkaria & Ellie Hensley

WellStar Health System on Thursday announced a partnership with the Mayo Clinic Health System to boost delivery health care for patients, allowing many to avoid unnecessary travel for Atlanta Business Chronicleanswers to complex medical questions. The Mayo Clinic is a globally recognized research and health system that specializes in cancer and cardiac care. The group has a network of specialists and hospitals in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla. and Phoenix.

Reach: The Atlanta Business Chronicle is a weekly publication with a circulation of more than 36,700. Its website receives more than 1.9 million unique visitors each month.

Additional coverage: Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionSacramento BeeDigital JournalModern HealthcareAtlanta Business Chronicle, 11 Alive Atlanta

Context:  WellStar Health System (WellStar) and Mayo Clinic today announced Feb. 6 that the metro Atlanta-based health system is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families. WellStar is the largest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in the southeast and the only member in metro Atlanta. Using digital technology to promote physician collaboration and sharing of the latest medical information, experts from WellStar and Mayo Clinic will work together to further enhance the delivery of healthcare for patients, allowing many patients to avoid unnecessary travel for answers to complex medical questions.

“WellStar is home to some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the Southeast,” says Robert Jansen, M.D., executive vice president and chief administrative medical officer of WellStar. “Working with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network offers our physicians a new resource to ensure the kind of innovative and leading care that patients have grown to expect from WellStar.”

Mayo Clinic News Network: WellStar Health System and Mayo Clinic Announce Collaboration

Public Affairs Contact: Kevin Punsky

Back and Forth: It's Mayo Clinic's Sesquicentennial Year
by Harley Flathers

It's a special year in Mayo Clinic History — the 150th since Dr. William Worrall Mayo officially announced in area newspapers that he was opening a private practice in Rochester. Earlier, Dr.Post Bulletin Mayo had been summoned by President Abraham Lincoln to come to Rochester and be the examining surgeon of young men going into the Union Army for the Civil War. When the war ended, the family stayed.

Circulation: The Post-Bulletin has a weekend readership of nearly 45,000 people and daily readership of more than 41,000 people. The newspaper serves Rochester, Minn., and southeast Minnesota.

Context: On Jan. 27, 1864, English-born Dr. William Worrall Mayo first notified the public about his medical practice in Rochester, Minn., planting the seeds of what would eventually become an international medical organization with more than 59,000 expert physicians, scientists and health care professionals, attracting millions of patients from across the globe.

This year marks 150 years of continuous service to patients, and Mayo Clinic is launching a yearlong recognition that will honor a legacy of medical accomplishments and a model for the future of health care.

Dr. Mayo’s sons, Drs. William and Charles Mayo, joined the practice in the late 1880’s and, with their father, created Mayo Clinic’s medical hallmark: The integrated care model that focuses a team of experts on one patient at a time and puts patients’ needs first.

Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic Commemorates 150th Anniversary in 2014

Public Affairs Contacts: Kelley Luckstein

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week:

ABC News (AP), Minnesota School Evacuated After Students Get Sick, A suspected carbon monoxide leak has forced an evacuation at a southern Minnesota school and sent 30 children to the hospital. Police were called to Springfield Public School just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday after a couple of students reportedly fell ill in the school auditorium. The entire school was evacuated. Hospital spokesman Kevin Burns says 30 elementary school students were taken to Mayo Clinic Health Center in Springfield with symptoms of possible carbon monoxide exposure such as nausea.

CNN NewsroomBreaking News: Hospital: Up to 30 Children Evaluated for Possible Carbon Monoxide Exposure, According to the Mayo Clinic, 30 elementary school students were evaluated after possible exposure to carbon monoxide. Micah Dorfner, Mayo Clinic Health System, is interviewed live.

Additional coverage realting to carbon monoxide exposure: CBS NewsChicago TribuneReutersUPIStar TribuneKAALKARE11KMSP, MPRMSNBCPioneer PressStar TribuneWCCOQuad-City TimesMankato Free PressBringMeTheNewsKSTP

Daily Mail UKWhy even a tiny cat bite could leave you in hospital: Cats' teeth 'inject bacteria deep into the joints and tissue', doctors warn by Emma Innes, Many people laugh off a little nip from their pet cat but new research suggests even a small bite can be very serious… Lead author Dr. Brian Carlsen, of The Mayo Clinic in the United States, said: ‘Dogs' teeth are blunter, so they don't tend to penetrate as deeply and they tend to leave a larger wound after they bite.

Infection Control Today1 in 3 Patients Bitten on the Hand by Cats are Hospitalized, Infections Common…“The dogs’ teeth are blunter, so they don’t tend to penetrate as deeply and they tend to leave a larger wound after they bite. The cats’ teeth are sharp and they can penetrate very deeply, they can seed bacteria in the joint and tendon sheaths,” says senior author Brian Carlsen, MD, a Mayo Clinic plastic surgeon and orthopedic hand surgeon. Additional coverage: Science DailyCBS ChicagoDailyRxHuffington PostOrthopedicsTodayCounsel&HealIndependent UKPolska Agencja Prasowa

MedPage Today, Women Get Their Own Stroke Guideline by Todd Neale, New guidance from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association focuses on stroke prevention specifically in women, who have a risk profile that differs from that of men… "These basic facts about the epidemiology of disease are not well known to the general public," commented James Meschia, MD, a vascular neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. "It is important to heighten awareness of risk in women so that greater attention [is] placed on lowering risk."

Life Extension Magazine, For U.S. women ages 40-50, skin cancer up 24-fold since 1970, Among U.S. middle-age men and women ages 40 to 60, overall incidence of skin cancer increased nearly eight-fold from 1970 to 2009, researchers say. Dermatologist Dr. Jerry Brewer of the Mayo Clinic said there was widespread concern in recent years about the rising incidence of melanoma, which affects 75,000 Americans annually and results in nearly 9,000 deaths each year. Additional coverage: KVNU610 Utah

KARE11, Mayo Clinic study shows dramatic rise in skin cancer, by Renee Tessman covers Dr. Jerry Brewer’s study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additional coverage: Science Codex, KTTC

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Stay within guidelines of moderate drinking to avoid related health problems by Terry Schneekloth, M.D., Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I enjoy a glass of wine each night with dinner and sometimes have another before bed. My husband is concerned and thinks I should take a break from it to make sure I'm not becoming addicted. Is it possible to become an alcoholic just by having one or two drinks at night? I never drink to the point of feeling drunk.

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Returning to smoking not a safe way to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis by Edward Loftus, Jr., M.D., Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently quit smoking and ended up with a moderate ulcerative colitis flare. Could a short return to nicotine help with my symptoms? Are there any other recently discovered treatments for flare-ups?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Timing of surgery to repair cleft lip can't be determined until baby is born by Shelagh Cofer, M.D., Otorhinolaryngology, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 30 weeks pregnant with our first baby. After an ultrasound last week, our doctor informed us that our baby will likely have a cleft lip. How soon after he's born do you recommend surgery? Will I still be able to breastfeed him?

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Steps can be taken to help protect telomeres and keep them from shrinking by Brent Bauer, M.D., General Internal Medicine, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are telomeres, and how do they affect overall health? ANSWER: Telomeres are part of the body's chromosomes. Located at the tip of each chromosome, telomeres function as a type of cap, protecting the DNA inside.

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?

Florida Times-Union, Uggie, The Dog Star of the Movie The Artist Visits Mayo Clinic, Uggie rests in a chair at the front of the auditorium during Thursday's event at Mayo Clinic. Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier star of the Oscar-winning film, The Artist and his owner/trainer Omar Von Muller made a stop at the Mayo Clinic Thursday afternoon to help bring attention to the Mayo's Caring Canines program. The Mayo Clinic has nineteen volunteer dogs in their Caring Canines program and many were on hand for the event.

WJXT, Four-legged movie star to visit Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic by Joy Purdy, He's an inspiring actor who will be in Jacksonville this week to bring attention to an uplifting project involving fellow canines. Uggie, the scene-stealing jack Russell terrier in the 2012 Oscar-winning film "The Artist" will visit Mayo Clinic on Thursday, February 6… "The Caring Canines play a valuable role in supporting Mayo Clinic's commitment to the healing of mind, body and spirit," says the chair of Mayo's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Dr. Peter Dorsher.

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic trio advises change in statin prescribing process… "We're creating a much-more sophisticated, patient-centered practice of medicine in which we move the decision-making from the scientist to the patient who is going to experience the consequences of these treatments and the burdens of these interventions," said Mayo endocrinologist Dr. Victor Montori, lead researcher at Mayo's Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.

KTVO Mo., Having a heart attack in 'off hours' holds greater mortality risk by Ashley Hoak, No time is a good time to have a heart attack, but people who have heart attacks in the 'off hours' face a higher chance of death. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota shows that heart attacks are the leading cause of death worldwide. The study also shows that suffering a heart attack during the weekend or after regular hospital hours poses a higher mortality rate.

MedPage Today, Cardiology: Stable Angina, Because progress has been made in driving down mortality from stable ischemic heart disease, more people are living with the condition. And for these patients, the proven medical therapies have remained largely the same in recent years, according to three leading cardiologists -- Timothy Henry, MD, of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Nanette Wenger, MD, of Emory University,Raymond Gibbons, MD, of the Mayo Clinic -- who were asked about what works for stable angina.

FOX2Now (St. Louis), The Heart Health Project: Heart Health IQ, Do you know your Heart Health IQ? Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Sharon Mulvaugh tells FOX2’s Kim Hudson and Elliot Weiler about The Heart Health Project, launched by Progresso Soup.

Medical Xpress, Oncologists report high career satisfaction, Oncologists are overall very satisfied with their careers, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Tait D. Shanafelt, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues surveyed U.S. oncologists (1,117 completed full length surveys; 49.6 percent women) to evaluate burnout and career satisfaction at all career stages.

Finance and Commerce, Finance & Commerce names Progress Minnesota 2014 honorees… 3M is being recognized for its decision to build a new 400,000-square-foot research & development facility at its Maplewood-based corporate headquarters. The Mayo Clinic is being honored for its long-term investment in the Destination Medical Center redevelopment in its home base of Rochester.

Science Magazine, Divulging DNA Secrets of Dead Stirs Debate,  When Gloria Petersen began hunting for gene mutations behind pancreatic cancer, she knew that nearly all of the more than 3300 patients in her study would die…Petersen, who works at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is among the first trying to glean answers to these questions.

University Wisconsin Superior, Luke Hafdahl discovers a doctor inside, Twelve years ago, Luke Hafdahl came to UW-Superior planning to get a criminal justice degree. "I really thought for some reason I was going to be an FBI agent," he recalls. Now, Hafdahl is a chief resident at the Mayo Clinic, one of the world's premier medical institutions. He helps lead early-career doctors and medical students in practicing evidence-based medicine. When he's done with that, he'll be a staff physician at Mayo.

HealthDay, Intravenous Vitamin C May Boost Chemo's Cancer-Fighting Power by Dennis Thompson… "In cell tissue and animal models of cancer, we saw when you add IV vitamin C it seems to augment the killing effect of chemotherapy drugs on cancer cells," said study co-author Dr. Jeanne Drisko, director of integrative medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center…But vitamin C's cancer-killing potential hasn't been taken seriously by mainstream medicine ever since clinical trials performed by the Mayo Clinic with oral vitamin C in the late 1970s and early 1980s found no anti-cancer effects, she explained.

UPI, Chemotherapy then radiation effective against brain tumor, Those with low-grade gliomas -- a brain tumor -- who received chemotherapy then radiation, lived longer than those who only got radiation, U.S. researchers say. Co-lead investigator Dr. Jan Buckner, professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said all three chemotherapy drugs in the regimen are commercially available, so the treatment used in the clinical trial is available for use. Additional coverage: NCI.gov

MPR, Hend Al-Mansour creates art to question women's roles by Nikki Tundel, Artist Hend Al-Mansour's images focus on women's rights and women's bodies — the kind of work that'd be banned in her home country of Saudi Arabia…In 1997, Al-Mansour got a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. But she soon found herself more interested in creativity than cardiology and enrolled in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic fishing for plans for ex-Red Lobster space, Mayo Clinic has strapped on its bib and is taking a hammer to its Lobster. Mayo has crews doing interior demolition in the former Red Lobster space at Second Street Southwest and Broadway in downtown Rochester. However, Mayo Clinic says that there's no plan behind the work being done in former 187-seat seafood restaurant. "The future use of that space is still not decided," said Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic public affairs. Additional coverage: Minneapolis/St. Paul  Business Journal

Richmond Times-Dispatch, WomanKind delves into faith and spirituality, Nora Gallagher, author of “Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic,” will be among several speakers on faith in everyday life at WomanKind at St. James’s Episcopal Church.

GenomeWeb, Mayo Clinic Explores Infrastructure for Including Sequencing-Based PGx Results in EMRs by Julia Karow, Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are forging ahead with a pilot project that will integrate sequencing-based pharmacogenomics data into the electronic medical records of more than 1,000 patients and allow doctors to consider the information when they prescribe certain drugs… According to Suzette Bielinski, the study leader and an assistant professor in the division of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic, setting PGRN-seq up as a clinical test will allow them to include more variants in the EMR than labs that do the sequencing in a research environment and then have to confirm variants by a clinical genotyping test.

La Crosse Tribune, Mayo buys land in Onalaska, hints at expanding care by Mike Tighe, Mayo Clinic Health System has bought nearly 200 acres of land in Onalaska but said it does not have immediate plans for the property, other than hinting at additional Mayo services in the region…“Our organization is dynamic and growing, the health care environment is changing rapidly, and we are seeking ways that we can work differently, provide care differently and broaden access to health care for everyone in the area,” Mayo said in a written statement Thursday.

Milwaukee Business Times, Mayo Clinic buys 187 acres near La Crosse, Mayo Clinic has purchased 187.4 acres of land in the La Crosse area from Menard, Inc. for $8.3 million, according to state records. The land is located along Highway 53 near Sand Lake Road in Onalaska.  When contacted by BizTimes today, Mayo Clinic declined to reveal its plans for the land.  “Mayo Clinic has recently finalized the purchase of land near Sand Lake Road in Onalaska. We do not have an immediate plan for the use of this land,” Mayo Clinic said in a statement.

La Crosse Tribune, Medical research to bank on: Hospitals gather samples to help find cures by Mike Tighe…  biobank is like “a huge library of human specimens available to researchers to study,” said Terri Pedace, research operations supervisor at Mayo Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. Mayo-Franciscan recently began gathering blood samples for the biobank that the Mayo flagship in Rochester, Minn., started in 2009. Additional coverage:La Crosse Tribune,

Reuters, Study warns some lubricants could block conception by Ronnie Cohen, Couples trying to conceive may want to avoid using certain common sexual lubricants, which a new study says can harm sperm and reduce the chances of pregnancy…But Dr. Charles Coddington III, president elect of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies and a Mayo Clinic professor of obstetrics and gynecology, told Reuters Health the study's findings surprised him. "The bigger surprise to me is the Astroglide because I thought that had been studied a little better," he said. "I thought Astroglide was a good agent." Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune

KAAL, Mayo Sees No Conflict with Smith as Lt. Gov Candidate by Steph Crock, Governor Mark Dayton announced Tuesday Tina Smith will be his running mate as Lieutenant Governor. The name may sound familiar; Smith is currently the Governor's Chief of Staff and also Board Chair of the Destination Medical Center Corporation. Smith is now resigning as Chief of Staff to start campaigning alongside Governor Dayton… We won't know until November if she'll even get the position of Lieutenant Governor. We're told she will, however, continue as DMCC Chair. "The governor called to ask me that, and I was pleased to learn that she will continue in her role as the DMCC," said President and CEO of Mayo Clinic Dr. John Noseworthy. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KARE11, Star Tribune

Advisory Board, Mayo Clinic: How to get all your doctors to embrace new protocols, Using wide-scale standardization of evidence-based protocols may improve physician compliance and, in turn, patient outcomes too, Sabriya Rice writes at Modern Healthcare. Rice contrasts a pair of studies: New national data from CDC and Columbia University that show many doctors fail to comply with basic prevention practices against a new Mayo Clinic study that demonstrates how the system standardized protocols and improved patient safety.

KAAL, Dayton Postpones Mayo Surgery to Attend Mondale Funeral, overnor Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has postponed hip surgery at Mayo Clinic to attend the funeral of Joan Mondale. It will be the 67-year-old governor's third procedure at the Rochester clinic since taking office, following back surgery in December 2012 and a platelet injection last October to help heal a torn hip muscle.  Additional coverage: Star Tribune

Twin Cities Business Magazine, Leader Sought For Rochester Econ. Development Agency by Burl Gilyard, The search is on for an executive director to lead the nonprofit Economic Development Agency (EDA) that will help steer the ambitious—and pricey—Destination Medical Center (DMC) project in Rochester…Lisa Clarke, with Mayo Clinic’s public affairs department, also serves as a board member for the DMCC. She told Twin Cities Business that the group could have an EDA leader in place by the second quarter.

USA TODAY (Arizona Republic), Boomers take midlife cues to pursue passions by Connie Cone Sexton, Karen Wooten At the second-floor cardio class at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria just before 5:30 p.m. on any given Wednesday, Wooten is likely to be among the gathering crowd. She's been a regular since 2009….Wooten, who works in the information-technology department at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, says exercising "just puts me in a better state of mind."

SHAPE, Give your bedroom a checkup by Mallory Creveling, Ditch the Devices: Declare your bedroom an electronics-free zone by removing the televisions and computer…Can’t hit the sack without reading an e-book? A Mayo Clinic study suggests lowering the brightness and holding the screen at least 14 inches from your face reduces hormone disruption.

KPHO Ariz., Mayo Clinic Hospital reports spike in flu cases by Laura Malpert, The Mayo Clinic Hospital in North Phoenix is reporting a spike in flu patients who are otherwise young and healthy, but who are now critically ill with the flu… Dr. Chris Farmer says, "We have six or eight that are in the ICU right now.  It's a big number.  It's a scary number, and several of these patients require a high level of support." Additional coverage: Tucson News Now

MPR, Mayo doctor, physician for Team USA hockey, ready for Sochi by Phil Picardi, Now that the football season is over, we can turn our attention to winter sports. The Olympics open on Friday. Minnesotans are well-represented at the games, not only on the ice and snow, but also in the training room. We reached Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Michael Stuart. For the third Winter Olympics in a row, he is the team physician for the U.S.A. men's hockey team. He joined us by phone from Sochi.

FOX News, How clean is your city's drinking water? by Dierdre Imus… In the New York Times article, a city health official claims there is no evidence that neglecting a building’s water tank could have negative health consequences. But there is plenty of evidence that exposure to E. coli causes severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting, as The Mayo Clinic notes on its website.

WJXT Fla., Superslow strength training: Does it work? By Mayo Clinic News Network, Research hasn't shown superslow strength training to be superior to other forms of strength training. Still, superslow strength training is a reasonable tool if you want to vary your strength training routine.

KIMT, Strengthening Bonds by Jon Theuer, The Mayo Clinic and the Department of Defense are hoping a new addition will strengthen and already strong bond…“What we want to do is make that better,” Mayo Clinic Department of Defense Medical Research Office Director Dr. Peter Amadio said.  “We try to improve communication. Because, we think, there are people here who are doing research that could help the Department of Defense that aren’t aware of it and vice versa.”

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic opens office to connect with Department of Defense by Jeff Hansel, Mayo Clinic has created a new Department of Defense Medical Research Office to provide a focal point for its military efforts, ranging from fighting bioterrorism to helping war-wounded amputees walk again… But Dr. Peter Amadio, medical director of the new office, said from Washington, D.C. Monday night that "this has nothing to do with top-secret kinds of research, just medical research. If someone were doing some top-secret work, they know who to call. So this is not about that."

WQOW Eau Claire, Lake Hallie 7-year-old determined to make full recovery after sledding accident, Suffering an injury that requires occupational or physical therapy can be a long and painful process for anyone. A 7-year-old Lake Hallie girl is going through both, while recovering from a serious sledding accident… With each toss and try at standing up, Danica is getting stronger.  Danica's physical therapist at Mayo Clinic, Linda Pirius, says, "We call it neuromuscular re-education, so we're re-educating her brain and her body on where she needs to be and what she needs to do."

Next Avenue (blog), From Bizarre Behavior to Dementia Diagnosis by Dan Browning…“Go Home and Die” While Liz signed all the papers, she also disputed the diagnosis, as is common. She said she wanted a second opinion from the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Liz's primary physicians warned us that Mayo would be expensive and that she had already undergone the Cadillac of tests. But they said it was reasonable to get a second opinion, especially if Mayo would enroll her in any trials they had going on, which they'd pay for. I called Mayo and was told that if they accepted Liz and expedited the case, we’d hear from them in a few months.

NY Times Magazine (Chinese), 最后的希望,去美国看病. (The article is about medical tourism and Mayo is mentioned and a photo of the Gonda atrium is included).

Men’s Journal, Olive Oil: Healthiest Cooking Oils… Olive oil is the best-known healthy oil, and with good reason – it's low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat, and full of anti-inflammatory nutrients. It also has a special advantage over most other foods: "From a health standpoint, olive oil has got the test of time," says Dr. Don Hensrud, a nutrition specialist with the Mayo Clinic.

Sacramento Bee, ASU Launches New Degrees Aimed at Preparing Next Generation Health Workers… Keith Lindor, CHS dean and former dean of the Mayo Medical School, says the new curriculum was developed in response to the need for a different kind of health care delivery model and employees with enhanced skills within the system. "The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking skills, an analytical approach to problem solving and effective communication."

Alabama.com, Speaking at Mayo Clinic 'dream come true' for Alabama civil rights pioneer Dr. Sonnie Hereford III by Steve Doyle, Civil rights pioneer Dr. Sonnie Hereford III has traveled the nation talking about his pivotal role in helping desegregate Alabama schools… On Feb. 10, Hereford is scheduled to address a crowd of about 300 doctors and others at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn…Hereford said a doctor giving a talk at the Mayo Clinic is like a lawyer arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

KEYC Mankato, Lake Crystal Man Receives the Gift of Life, A Lake Crystal man has received the gift of life thanks to a new heart and a family by his side. Through stressful times and multiple surgeries, the Cline family has stood by their father… A heart attack 16 years ago weakened his body. Diagnosed with acute organ failure and given a temporary fix of a mechanical circulation device called an LVAD, he was placed on the heart transplant list. And on January 17th, that donor heart was found.

KEYC Mankato, Sunny Days Can Help You Get Out of a Winter Funk by Tyler Utzka… With this winter being one of the worst winters in years, between the cold and strong winds. It's taking its toll on all of us. Especially those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.…Margaret Stump, a behavior health provider with Mayo Clinic Health System says, "This is kind of the winter where people might notice it more because there's so many factors. With it being difficult to get out, the sense of moodiness and irritability kind of show up more."

Kansas City Star, Jackson residents find ways to battle winter blues by Ben Graham…In the fall and winter, reduced levels of sunlight can disrupt your body's circadian rhythm, or internal clock, that allows you to get regular sleep, according to the Mayo Clinic….Technically the disorder is defined as a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, which for most people is in the fall and winter, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Daily Mail UK, Women whose breasts won't show cancer on a mammogram…Dense tissue is associated with all kinds of breast cancer and, most worryingly, with large tumours, the study found. 'Our research suggests density may play a key role in tumour aggressiveness, especially in younger women,' says lead researcher Professor K. Bertrand, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Health.com, Doctors May Need to Revise How They Evaluate Breast Biopsy Results…The new research challenges that thinking, suggesting that the two types of abnormalities actually behave in similar ways. “We were not so sure what to do with ALH before,” said study researcher Dr. Lynn Hartmann, a professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. “This is suggesting, treat it the same as ADH. What we are saying is, it doesn’t matter which kind [of abnormality].”

Wall Street Journal, Why Women Are Living in the Discomfort Zone by Judy Foreman, More than 100 million American adults live with chronic pain—most of them women. What will it take to bring them relief?… Women are three times less likely to get the hip or knee replacement they need, according to Mary I. O'Connor, a former Olympic rower who now heads the orthopedic surgery department at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. And when they do finally have the surgery, they often don't do as well as men, a problem she calls the "never-catch-up syndrome."

Reuters, Anti-VEGF drugs making a difference in vision, longterm care by Shereen Jegtvig, A treatment introduced less than 10 years ago has already made a difference in the number of Americans losing their vision and being admitted to nursing homes, according to a new study… "We used to say it was better to have the dry form because it tended to be milder and slowly progressive as opposed to the wet AMD, which has a rapid onset and much more severe vision loss," Dr. Michael Stewart told Reuters Health. Stewart, who chairs the ophthalmology department at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, was not involved in the new study. Additional coverage:Daily Press Va.

CTV Canada, Worried your brain doesn't know how to be happy? Maybe it's overloaded by Kathey Barthel, Stressed? Can't focus? Thoughts wandering everywhere? It's no surprise. Your brain wasn't built for today's interconnected, information overloaded world. "We have a medieval brain trying to live in the modern world," says Dr. Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc. and author of "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living."

Reuters, Laser technology allows Parkinson's patients to walk again by Ben Gruber, Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a device that re-routes brain signals in Parkinsonism disorder patients, allowing them to regain mobility. For at least one patient in Florida, the device is having a life-changing impact. Ben Gruber has more. Additional coverage: MSN

Voice Of America TV, New Laser Device Helps Parkinson's Patients Walk by George Putic, Parkinson’s disease slowly destroys the brain’s ability to control the muscles, depriving the patients of their mobility. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, Florida, have developed a laser-based device that helps patients walk again… In 2010, neurologist Jay Van Gerpen, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, told Puckett about a device that would help him walk again. At first, Puckett did not believe him. Additional coverage: The Voice of Russia (radio)

Palm Beach Post, Parkinson’s Patients Aided by Laser Walkers, Recently, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have added lasers to canes and walkers to help Parkinson’s patients have an easier time of walking. Additional coverage: KaleidoScope (UAB atudent paper), NASDAQ, Austin American-Statesman, AccessAtlanta

EndoNurse, Burnout Equal for Inpatient and Outpatient Docs… Researchers at Mayo Clinic reviewed 54 burnout studies worldwide to see if there is any validity to the longstanding belief that practicing in the hospital incites greater burnout. The studies included data from more than 5,000 outpatient physicians and more than 1,300 inpatient physicians… "Burnout is everywhere and if you look for it you'll find it," said Daniel Roberts, MD, an Internal Medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona and lead author of the study.

Wall Street Journal, Certification: Useful or Just Another Burden on M.D.s? by Henry Ting, M.D. and Richard Berger, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Physicians need to learn how to care for the ailments of individual patients as well as the ailments of the health-care system. Maintenance of certification can help physicians achieve competency in patient care and medical knowledge, as well as practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice ("The Informed Patient: A Way to Gauge What Your Doctor Knows (or Doesn't)," Personal Journal, Jan. 21).

Arizona Horizon, Affordable Care Act/State of the Union…Local Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Wyatt Decker appears on Arizona Horizon to talk about Dr. Noseworthy’s impressions of what was discussed by President Obama.

MSNBC, U.S. says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms (Reuters)… Thursday's government release drew some cautious optimism from the healthcare industry. "Today's report reflects important steps. More work is needed to modernize our antiquated Medicare payment system and base payment on evidence-based quality measures and proven patient outcomes," said Dr. John Noseworthy, chief executive of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which is not part of the government's program.

Pioneer Press, Charley Walters: Mayo Clinic-Target Center affiliation in works by Charley Walters, ook for an announcement, perhaps as soon as this week, that Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic will have a significant presence as part of the redesigned Target Center. Included in the $97 million renovation of the downtown Minneapolis arena will be a Mayo Clinic sports medicine clinic as part of a comprehensive Timberwolves practice facility… Rochester Mayo orthopedist Michael Stuart was to leave this weekend for Sochi, Russia, as physician for the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team.

Pioneer Press (AP), Eau Claire pediatrician takes stand in patient molestation trial, A Wisconsin pediatrician accused of sexual assault took the witness stand Friday to defend the medical exams he gave to male juvenile patients. Dr. David Van de Loo of Eau Claire described his education and professional standing for the jury. He maintains there were legitimate medical reasons for all genital checks he performed on his patients. Additional coverage: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

MedPage Today, HOT TOPICS 2014: Alzheimer's Disease 2, What do you anticipate will be the most important clinical development in Alzheimer's disease in 2014? That's the question we asked Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.,

Steve Harvey Show, The Panel: Join the conversation, Mothers & Body Image, Ladies, I think it’s safe to say, at one point all of you have asked that question, “Do I look fat?” Moms may want to stop asking because a researcher at the Mayo Clinic says mothers have the biggest influence on their daughters’ body image. That includes moms who only talk about their own looks and never even mention their daughters. Do you feel moms are a big influence on body image?

KARE11, Gov. Dayton expected to announce running mate next week, Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to announce his running mate early next week. Last month, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner-Solon announced she would not join the governor's re-election campaign. Dayton did not give an exact date on when he will make his announcement, but said it would be before his hip surgery, which is scheduled at Mayo Clinic on Thursday. Additional coverage: Star Tribune

KTTC, Mayo Clinic Health System CEO speaks out about benefit cuts by Devin Bartolotta, One day after Mayo Clinic announced changes to its employees benefits, the CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System is speaking out. "It's change, for sure," said Dr. Robert Nesse, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System and a member of the Board of Governors.  "But it's change to continue to support the very best benefits we can for our employees." Additional coverage: KAAL, FOX47, Post-Bulletin, Washington Free Beacon

Post-Bulletin, Heard on the Street: Blue Cross-Mayo Clinic Health System collaborate by Jeff Kiger, Mayo Clinic Health System has signed a new, three-year agreement with health-insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota "designed to promote quality care while lowering overall costs," according to an email sent to some employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Mayo Clinic Health System has been working "to deploy new models of care across southern Minnesota."

Post-Bulletin, Adult stem-cell tech company signs on with Mayo Clinic...The company says it is collaborating with Mayo's Dr. Anthony Windebank. According to BrainStorm, Mayo is one of the largest stem cell clinical trial centers in the world. It is conducting 27 trials in Phase I.

Janesville Argus, Patient safety improves for Minnesota, area hospitals by CJ Siewert…Environmental events associated with patients falling is one of the most common adverse events statewide. Many hospitals, including the Mayo Clinics, are taking initiatives to limit those events. "We've seen successes in fall reduction, which is a very common event and devastating for everyone involved," said Dr. Stephen Campbell, chief medical officer of quality at Mayo Clinic Health System.

WQOW Eau Claire, Smart snacking for Super Bowl Sunday by Jesse Yang, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire encourages people to substitute some high calorie snack items with healthier choices, like fruit and vegetables. Diane Dressel, a registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, said, "If someone is going to a Super Bowl party, they should take a tray of veggies, cut up veggies, and fruit."

Post-Bulletin, Hospitals cope with saline IV shortage…At Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Mayo Clinic Health System regionally, supplies are still able to meet demand. "Saline solution comes in different sized bags, and there are limits to some of the sizes available," said Mayo spokesman Nick Hanson. "Because some sizes are not available, we are adjusting to manage our needs on a day-to-day basis. While this is an inconvenience, we are meeting the needs of our patients."

Dermatology World, Fulfilling the promise of propranolol, It’s been only five years since Christine Léauté-Labrèze, MD, and colleagues at two French children’s hospitals made the serendipitous discovery of oral propranolol as an effective treatment against severe infantile hemangiomas (IH)… Megha M. Tollefson, MD, a pediatric dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic, said that while “many of us will use propranolol as monotherapy in the majority of patients needing systemic treatment, I also use PDL on infants that are on propranolol but have an ulcerated hemangioma, where the area of ulceration is slow to heal and we need a little bit extra to treat that area of ulceration. ..”

Arthritis Research UK, Shoulder replacement 'can bring relief for rheumatoid arthritis patients'…Senior author Dr John Sperling, an orthopaedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, said: "What we've learned from this study is that if people do develop significant pain in their shoulder due to arthritis associated with rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder arthroplasty really is a predictable and reliable operation to help them improve their function and relieve pain.” Additional coverage: Arthritis Digest UK, Midwest Disability, Healthfinder.gov, MSN Healthy Living, MedlinePlus

LA TimesLas Vegas: Celebrity friends rally around ailing chef Kerry Simon by Jay Jones, Ailing chef Kerry Simon is hoping he may have good news to share about his health when fellow celebrity chefs and his rock star friends gather for a fundraiser on Feb. 27. The $1,000-a-person cocktail party in Las Vegas is intended to raise awareness of multiple symptom atrophy (MSA), the rare, fatal disorder that Simon was diagnosed with last October…Simon may have some positive news by the time the event arrives. He will undergo stem cell therapy Feb. 10 at the Mayo Clinic.

Analitica.com, Enfermedad renal, una enfermedad silenciosa y peligrosa… Habitualmente se la trata mediante diálisis o con un trasplante de riñón.  Dada a la importancia de este tema en la salud pública, solicitamos al doctor Peter Fitzpatrick, nefrólogo y director médico de los Servicios de Diálisis de la Clínica Mayo en Jacksonville, Florida, que nos aclarara ciertas dudas acerca de la  enfermedad renal y las maneras de tratarla.

El Mundo, 'A más kilómetros, menor mortalidad' por María Valerio, Este especialista de la Clínica Mayo (EEUU) no sólo es uno de los mayores expertos mundiales en fisiología del deporte, sino que conoce en primera persona las durezas de las carreras extremas.

LaSaludNuevo ensayo ofrece esperanza en tratamiento del cáncer de mama…El Dr. Matthew Goetz, oncólogo de Mayo Clinic y autor principal del estudio comenta que “se alcanzó hasta 60 niveles más de endoxifeno, comparado frente a los niveles de endoxifeno logrados con la dosis normal de tamoxifeno.

MedicableMayo clinic celebra siglo y medio de existencia en 2014, Los doctores Mayo fueron los primeros en crear un ícono y modelo médico mundial para la atención de la salud en el futuro. El día 27 de enero de 1864, el Dr. William Worrall Mayo, nacido en Inglaterra, informó al público sobre la apertura de su práctica médica en Rochester, Minnesota, sembrando así las semillas de lo que terminaría convirtiéndose en una organización médica internacional que cuenta con la pericia de más de 59 000 médicos, científicos y demás profesionales de la salud y atrae a millones de pacientes de todo el mundo.

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