February 14, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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USA Today
A cat bite can turn into a hospital stay, study says
by Mary Bowerman

A cat bite on the hand can turn into a hospital stay, according to a new study. A recent Mayo Clinic study shows that one out of three people who sought treatment for a cat bite to the hand wereUSA Today NEW hospitalized. Published in February in the Journal of Hand Surgery the study looked at 193 patients who received treatment for a cat bite on the hand from January 2009 through 2011. Two thirds of those hospitalized during the study required surgery to flush out the infection in the wounds and middle-aged women were the most common bite victims.

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 Cat Bite Study Coverage:

NY Times
Beware of a Cat’s Bite
by Nicholas Bakalar

…In a three-year retrospective study published in the February issue of The Journal of Hand Surgery, researchers reviewed records NYTof 193 people who came to Mayo Clinic Hospital with cat bites to the hand…“Redness, swelling, increasing pain, difficulty in moving the hand and drainage from the wound are all signs that there may be an infection and that treatment should be sought,” said the senior author of the study, Dr. Brian T. Carlsen, a hand surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. 

FOX NewsCat bites can lead to serious severe infections, hospitalization, Research published in the Journal of Hand Surgery, found that one out of three people who sought treatment for a cat bite on the hand were hospitalized, reported USA Today…"The bites lead toFox News dot com serious infections that can require multiple hospitalizations, antibiotics and sometimes surgery," study researcher Dr. Brian Carlsen, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, told USA Today.

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Context: Dogs aren’t the only pets who sometimes bite the hands that feed them. Cats do too, and when they strike a hand, they can inject bacteria deep into joints and tissue, perfect breeding grounds for infection.Cat bites to the hand are so dangerous, 1 in 3 patients with such wounds had to be hospitalized, a Mayo Clinic study covering three years showed. Two-third of those hospitalized needed surgery. Middle-aged women were the most common bite victims, according to the research, published in the Journal of Hand Surgery. More information can be found here on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Sharon Theimer

Star Tribune
UnitedHealth-Mayo venture Optum Labs adds partners
by Jackie Crosby

An ambitious health care research initiative launched last year between Optum and the Mayo Clinic has landed seven new partners with interests in public health, pharmaceuticals and the Star-Tribune-Logo-300x45biosciences. The addition of groups that include pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the University of Minnesota Nursing School is a sign that newly formed Optum Labs, based in Cambridge, Mass., is working to swiftly assemble the pieces for what it describes as an open center for research and innovation.

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: Minneapolis / St. Paul Business JournalCalgary Herald

Context: Optum Labs, the collaborative research and innovation center founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, announced this week the addition of seven new charter partners committed to improving the quality and value of patient care. The announcement follows the recent addition of AARP as Founding Consumer Advocate Organization of the collaborative. John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO, offers his perspective on the announcement in Mayo's the Future of Health Care blog.

Public Affairs Contact: Josh Derr

Star Tribune
Sports fuel orthopedics boom, provide Mayo entry downtown
by Jeremy Olson

…Minnesota has seen some $66 million in capital projects related to orthopedic care between 2008 and 2012. And it is why the Mayo Clinic – after years of flirting with a Star Tribune Logomedical presence in the Twin Cities – broke through last week with the announcement of a downtown Minneapolis sports medicine center in league with the Minnesota Timberwolves. “The growth is being driven by a more active population that happens to be in competitive sports or fitness activities,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center who is in Sochi now as a team doctor for USA Hockey. “I have a 65-year-old patient who plays 120 softball games a year.”

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.

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Context: Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx announced in early February 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

Duluth News Tribune
Director hopes to hit home run with documentary about Chisholm doctor
By John Lundy

Twenty-five years after the movie “Field of Dreams” gave birth to the ethereal character “Moonlight” Graham, another film is being made about the real Dr. Archibald Graham, a short-lived baseball player and longtime Chisholm doctor. This film, a documentary, will explore theDuluth News Tribune long relationship between Graham and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  We found out that he had come down here to the Mayo Clinic from Chisholm approximately 90 times,” said Mark Flaherty, a film producer and director who works for the clinic.

Reach: The Duluth News Tribune has a daily circulation of more than 26,800 and a Sunday circulation of more than 39,400. Its website receives more than 116,500 visitors each month.

Related Coverage:

Duluth News Tribune, Filmmaker seeks help, The Mayo Clinic is looking for help from Chisholm-area residents with its documentary on Doc Graham. Mark Flaherty, the film’s producer and director, is looking for photos, films, letters and other mementos associated with Graham. He will scan and immediately return photos and letters; films will be copied and returned.

Context: Most people are at least familiar with the name "Moonlight" Graham as a character in the book Shoeless Joe and the film “Field of Dreams," but fewer people know that "Moonlight” Graham was an actual person, not a fictional character. And long-time residents of the Chisholm, Minn., area who remember Dr. Archibald Graham as their beloved hometown doctor will have an opportunity to provide photos, film and other information as part of an upcoming documentary film on this remarkable man. Find out more information on Mayo Clinic News Network: Mayo Clinic Seeks Input For Film About 'Doc' Graham.

Public Affairs Contact: Karl Oestreich

Additional Mayo Clinic News Highlights This Week: 

12News Arizona, Mayo Clinic: AZ students athletes suffering multiple concussions, A concussion specialist at The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale says Valley doctors are clearing students to soon after suffering concussions. He recommends required baseline testing for all athletes.

Star Tribune, Pacemaker-like device offers hope to some epilepsy patients by James Walsh,…The device has helped Robison and more than 200 other patients across the United States, and now others who suffer from focal epilepsy… NeuroPace said an estimated 400,000 patients in the United States could benefit from the technology…Mayo Clinic facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota all were involved in the clinical trials for the device and, as a group, enrolled the highest number of patients in those trials… “Technologically, this is really a huge step forward,” said Dr. Gregory Worrell, a neurologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “This is no longer research. This works,” said Dr. Joseph Sirven of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jacksonville Business Journal, Mayo's new partnership ramps up tech capabilities by Coleen Michele Jones, The Mayo Clinic’s new collaboration with Atlanta-based WellStar Health System will expand healthcare options for patients of both networks, particularly in the area of technology. Using digital tools such as eConsult, which lets physicians directly connect and exchange information, the two health care providers can increase their pool of knowledge and resources across a variety of platforms, Mayo said in a press release.

The Sacramento Bee, WellStar Health System and Mayo Clinic Announce Collaboration, WellStar Health System (WellStar) and Mayo Clinic today announced 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…"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." Additional Coverage: Albany HeraldPost Bulletin

Chronicle of Philanthropy, A Lesson for Fundraisers: Some of the Biggest Philanthropists in 2013 Maintained a Low Profile by Caroline Bermudez and Maria Di Mento, Robert Kern first came to the Mayo Clinic as a 5-year-old patient in 1930. It was the beginning of the Great Depression, and Mr. Kern’s father, a minister with little money, could not pay for his sick little boy’s treatment. The Mayo Clinic provided that care free. Today, Mr. Kern, 88, and his wife, Patricia, 85, are among the biggest donors to the organization. Additional coverage: Chronicle of Philanthropy

Post-BulletinBack and Forth: Mayo Clinic marks 150 by Harley Flathers, What does it take to plan a 150-year celebration like Mayo Clinic is doing? The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee is chaired by Dr. Kerry D. Olsen and Matt Dacy, a 30-year Mayo staff member. Olsen is a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and a surgeon in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Dacy leads a very full schedule as Director of Heritage Hall in the Department of Development. And you'll find history well documented in Matthews Grand lobby on the street level of the Mayo Building. Planning didn't just start. A team of Mayo Clinic employees works constantly on this 150-year story from 1864 until today.

MPR, Author Nora Gallagher on keeping the faith through illness, When author Nora Gallagher noticed a slight blur at the periphery of her right eye, she took a trip to the doctor — and found out she would go blind if the condition were left untreated…She wrote about it in her latest memoir, "Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic."

Pioneer Press (AP), NBC's Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer by Lynn Elber, Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday. The Mayo Clinic discovered last summer that Brokaw has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said. His doctors are optimistic about his treatment and encouraged by his progress since the August diagnosis, the network division said. In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw said he remains, in his words, "the luckiest guy I know."

Huffington PostTom Brokaw's Cancer, Explained, NBC News' Tom Brokaw was diagnosed with multiple myeloma last year, NBC News reported. Brokaw, who is 74, is a special correspondent at the network. He was diagnosed with the cancer, which affects  the plasma cells in the bone marrow, last August at the Mayo Clinic.

Additional Tom Brokaw coverage: Fashion TimesThe AustralianThe CelebrityCafeKansas City StarKVOA TucsonCleveland Plain DealerCNN, Star Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times

MSNBC, Former Vice President Walter Mondale Undergoes Heart SurgeryFormer Vice President Walter Mondale was recovering from heart surgery Thursday, about week after his wife of 58 years passed away. Mondale, 86, underwent an unspecified procedure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., his family said in a brief statement that called the surgery "successful." Additional coverage: Star TribuneMPRKAAL, Huffington PostChicago Tribune (PDF)Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionReutersWCCO

Star Tribune, Former VP Walter Mondale recovering from heart surgery by Rachel Stassen-Berger, Former Vice President Walter Mondale had heart surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Wednesday. The surgery, which a statement said was “successful,” came just a few days after his wife, Joan Mondale, passed away. Joan Mondale, 83, died on Feb. 3 and was memorialized on Feb. 8. “Walter Mondale underwent successful heart surgery this morning at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Pioneer PressTwins GM Terry Ryan resting after surgery by Mike Berardino, Twins general manager Terry Ryan underwent successful surgery Tuesday at Mayo Clinic, the team announced. Ryan, diagnosed last week with squamous cell cancer, was expected to have a lymph node removed from his neck after a hard lump with a diameter of one inch was discovered during a routine physical… The Twins did not specify the nature of Tuesday's surgery, but did add Ryan was resting Tuesday night and was expected to spend a few more days, as planned, at the renowned facility in Rochester, Minn. Additional coverage: Star TribuneBringMeTheNews

Pioneer Press 'Larger than life' Twins GM Terry Ryan ready to battle cancer head on by Mike Berardino…A one-inch lump on the left side of Ryan's neck was found to contain squamous cell carcinoma following a routine physical exam. Subsequent tests showed the cancer had not spread to other parts of his body, but Ryan, 60, still is expected to undergo radiation treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The cancerous lymph node is expected to be removed on Tuesday, Eyunni said, and Ryan is likely to remain at the Mayo Clinic for another two or three days before returning to the Twin Cities to determine the next course of treatment. Additional coverage: Chicago Tribune, News4Jax Fla.Washington Post (AP)Star TribuneStar TribuneKSAZ Ariz.KMSPKARE11KAALYahoo! Sports CanadaNBC Sports Hardball Talk

MLB.comRyan has successful neck surgery for cancer by Rhett Bollinger, Twins general manager Terry Ryan underwent successful neck surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Tuesday, the club announced. Ryan, who will remain hospitalized for two or three days, announced Monday that he had been diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma in a lymph node in his neck. It came after he underwent his annual physical with Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni two weeks ago. Additional coverage: WNAXPioneer Press

KTTCAfter postponement, Dayton heads for hip surgery, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is moving ahead with a surgical procedure to alleviate pain in his hip. Dayton was scheduled for surgery Monday at Rochester's Mayo Clinic. He had postponed it last week so he could attend the funeral of Joan Mondale. The procedure will have him under general anesthesia for an hour while the surgical team reattaches the major hip tendon to the bone around the hip joint. He will work from the governor's residence while recuperating. He will limit travel for up to three months, in part because of a brace he will wear. It is 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: KARE 11WCCOStar Tribune

Las Vegas Sun, Chef Kerry Simon undergoes stem-cell transplants at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota by Robin Leach, Celebrity “Iron Chef” champion Kerry Simon underwent the first of two days of initial stem-cell transplants at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Wednesday. After today’s second set of spinal injections, Kerry will return to Las Vegas on Friday. Before he returns to Rochester in early March for more intensive sessions of stem-cell transplants, he will preside over his Feb. 27 celebrity chef and rocker showcase at the Keep Memory Alive event center in the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health downtown.

US News & World Report, Healthy Tips for Night Shift Workers by Laura McMullen…Try to wean off caffeine as your shift comes to an end. Avoid alcohol, too, as a way to fall asleep. "Sometimes there's a tendency to use alcohol as a sedative, but it's not good for sleep maintenance," says Eric Olson, co-director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "As it metabolizes, it actually has a rebound effect and wakes you up."

KAAL, 5th Grader with Cancer Finds Bone Marrow Match, For most kids, putting on a sweatshirt isn't a problem. But 12-year-old Lacey McClain moves a little slower. She doesn't have much strength. Just 4 months ago, Lacey was diagnosed with cancer. "It was very emotional. It's not something that you ever think you're going to end up going through," says Lacey's mom Crissy Jurrens. Lacey has T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It's a type of blood cancer. Lacey says, "I've been trying to stay positive."

Post-BulletinPine Island 5th-grader at Mayo Clinic needs bone marrow match by Jeff Hansel, Most people have a sense that donations of bone marrow, blood, platelets and even umbilical-cord blood are important for people facing difficult medical journeys…But 12-year-old Lacey McClain, a Pine Island fifth-grader, makes the need personal…Her family members help out with such things during times she's hospitalized when Lacey gets treatment at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center–Mayo Eugenio Litta campus. Additional coverage: KIMT

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, Floor Clings, How We Reinforced Our Commitment to Safety With Custom Floor Decals, To remind our hospital employees about the 5 Safe Behaviors, we created these custom floor decals and placed them on the floors in high-traffic areas at both the hospital and clinic for several weeks. We had to remove the decals because of wear, but we're pretty sure the floor clings helped us communicate our safety goals to our team. Martha Andres, MSN, BSN, RN, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.

Charleston Gazette, 'Chronically in love', Couple's physical limitations nurture a deeper connection. Kyli Wolfson was losing hope. For most of her life, she had struggled with a lack of energy. She couldn't keep up with her peers in middle school gym class and tried to work with a teacher who didn't understand her and thought she was lazy…Wolfson and Wood share POTS as well as an associated condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. …They moved into an apartment near the Mayo Clinic, in Florida, to be close to good health care. Daily life could be a struggle.

Quad-City Times, Love endures, and good health with it by Deirdre Baker, Sidebar: LOVE AND LONGEVITY…Contemporary health benefits of marriage were identified in studies done by the Mayo Clinic in 2012 and by New York Times health reporter Tara Parker Pope, who wrote on the topic in 2010.

Ozarks First (CNN Health Minute), Broken Heart Can Be a Real Medical Condition, We've all been there.  We lose a love, and the world just isn't the same.  But for some people, going through a divorce, break-up or the death of a loved one can be devastating.  So devastating that it can affect a person's health. Studies have shown those who suffer from Broken Heart Syndrome may go through a temporary heart condition with symptoms much like a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Additional coverage: FOX 19 Cincinnati, Toledo News Now, KREM Wash.

VOXXI Saludify, Dealing with Valentine’s Day depression by John Benson, This time of the year, the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band seemingly grows in membership due to those dealing with Valentine’s Day depression. It turns out the Mayo Clinic does list a condition called Broken Heart Syndrome, but anyone who ever suffered through a breakup doesn’t need medical science to confirm such a state exists.

Ophthalmology Times, Probability of blindness from glaucoma has nearly halved by Rose Schneider,  The probability of blindness due to glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980, according to a study published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The researchers—a team based at the Mayo Clinic—speculate that advances in diagnosis and therapy are likely causes for the decrease, but caution that a significant proportion of patients still progress to blindness.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester council approves use of internal funds for DMC budget by Edie Grossfield, The city of Rochester will use its internal cash reserves to finance the 2014 budget for Destination Medical Center planning and oversight. The City Council met Monday in a committee of the whole meeting to discuss the matter. The strategy, suggested by city administrators and finance staff, will be a short-term solution and eventually will be replaced with long-term financing, they said. The city will bond to pay back the internal funds, with interest, and use local-option sales tax money and other financing tools then to pay back the debt from bonding.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalMayo Clinic expansion squeezes some businesses by Mark Reilly, The Mayo Clinic's multibillion-dollar expansion is generally considered a pretty good thing for Rochester business. Unless, that is, you're a Rochester business that's sitting on land marked for "future expansion." Minnesota Public Radio examines the lot of CJ's Midtown Lounge, a bar about two blocks from Mayo's main campus. A developer plans to knock down the building for a high-rise hotel. CJ's plans to move, but employees worry whether enough regulars will make the trip with them.

MPR, Some local businesses find Mayo Clinic expansion costly by Elizabeth Baier, At CJ's Midtown Lounge, dropping in for happy hour is like taking a trip back in time…A Rochester developer bought the building a few years ago and plans to demolish it to make way for a mixed-use, high rise development project with a hotel, apartment rentals, and upscale restaurants. The project is part of a booming real estate market in Rochester, particularly in the blocks near the Mayo Clinic's expanding downtown campus…"They can re-establish somewhere else, but it's a convenience, you see," she said. "Location is a convenience. And when they move, I'm not sure what will happen. It's not going to be the same. It's going to hurt the businesses."… "Once this place goes, there's not going to be anywhere downtown that people can go and drink and come in and just watch sports and play pool for anything a normal, everyday people can afford," bartender Laurie Peterson said.

eNews Park Forest Ill., Mayo Clinic Identifies a Key Cellular Pathway in Prostate Cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers have shed light on a new mechanism by which prostate cancer develops in men. Central to development of nearly all prostate cancer cases are malfunctions in the androgen receptor — the cellular component that binds to male hormones… “By uncovering this new and important pathway of androgen receptor destruction, we may one day be able to develop more effective treatments for a substantial proportion of prostate cancer patients who have developed resistance to standard antiandrogen therapy,” says Haojie Huang, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic biochemist and senior author of the paper.

News Medical, Two oncogenes work together to sustain population of cells in lung squamous cell carcinoma…A team of cancer biologists at Mayo Clinic in Florida is reporting in the Feb. 10 issue of Cancer Cell the discovery of two oncogenes that work together to sustain a population of cells in lung squamous cell carcinoma, which may be responsible for the lethality of the disease…"Cancer stem cells are a small population of cells in a tumor that can self-renew and grow indefinitely. They resist most treatments and are thought to be responsible for relapse," says the study's senior author, Alan P. Fields, Ph.D., the Monica Flynn Jacoby Professor of Cancer Studies at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

MedPage Today, What works, What Doesn’t, Oncology: Breast Cancer, MedPage Today posed the question to four leaders in the field: Dan Hayes, MD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Monica Morrow, MD, of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Eric Winer, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and Edith Perez, MD, of the Mayo Clinic. Adjuvant therapy, anti-HER2 agents, and breast-conserving surgery led the upside, but all four said metastasis remains the most prominent downside.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Study fuels debate over breast screenings, Yearly mammography screenings for women ages 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, even though they make a diagnosis of illness more likely, according to a long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women…Dr. James Kinsella, a radiologist specializing in breast imaging at Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center, and Dr. Holland Ravelle, a radiologist and director of breast imaging at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, recommend beginning at age 40 women get annual screening mammograms.

Toronto Star, Double mastectomies mean higher survival rates for some cancers by Theresa Boyle… Asked to comment on the study, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, who works in the breast diagnostic clinic at the Mayo Clinic, noted that the study was a retrospective one, looking at patient charts as far back as 1975. “It’s a little older than I would like,” she said, explaining that survival rates have improved since that time owing to advances in medicine. For example, surgical techniques, genetic testing and MRI surveillance have been refined.

News Medical, Researchers personalize drug treatments for cholangiocarcinoma using genomic sequencing, Physicians at Mayo Clinic's Individualized Medicine Clinic and researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have personalized drug treatments for patients with cholangiocarcinoma using genomic sequencing technologies…"In 3 out of the 6 patients we analyzed, we found compelling, treatable and unexpected genetic alterations that would never have been found by normal testing methods for cholangiocarcinoma," says Mitesh Borad, M.D., a Mayo Clinic oncologist and lead author of the paper.

The Times of India, Craze for sun tanning triggered skin cancer in women?, The overall incidence of skin cancer has increased nearly eight-fold in last four decades among middle-aged people, especially women, says alarming research. The researchers at Mayo Clinic suspect the rise can partly be attributed to the craze for tanning under the sun. What's alarming is that the incidence of cancer was found to be many times higher in women than in men. "The most striking finding was among women in that age group," said dermatologist Jerry Brewer of Mayo Clinic and principal investigator of the study.

Inside Science, Why Speed Skaters Perform Better At Higher Elevation…"People think somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 feet there may be a sweet spot where the decline in maximal oxygen consumption is more than made up for by the better aerodynamics," said Michael Joyner, a physician-researcher at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., with a special interest in the physiology of endurance performance.

Psychology Today, The Olympics: 5 Things You Can Learn About Talent & Practice by Jonathan Wai, Guest post written by Michael Joyner, Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic and blogger at Human Limits. Elite sports competition generates a lot of discussion and debate.  Much is bar stool yapping about who was the best ever but some is more serious about topics that include the role of talent and practice in elite performance. So, here are a few thoughts about talent and practice that you might ponder during the Olympics.

Waseca County News, Help available in Waseca for speech and language disorders by Monica Anderson, speech-language pathologist, peaking and language abilities vary from person to person, but not just anyone can execute those skills. In fact, there is a surprisingly large segment of the population – an estimated 6 to 8 million people in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders – that suffers from speech and language disorders.

Waseca County News, Mayo Clinic Health System physician offers tips for safe snow shoveling by Scott Helmers, Urgent Care, shoveling snow can be good exercise when performed correctly. But taking on more than your body can handle or ignoring signs that you need to take a break may prove to be harmful.

KAAL, Doctor Shares Struggles in Segregated South for Black History Month by Jenna Lohse, We are right in the middle of black history month. Today, an African American doctor who shattered racial barriers in Huntsville, Alabama spoke at Mayo Clinic. "I think people up North need to know how things used to be down South,” said Dr. Sonnie Hereford III. Dr. Sonnie Hereford III has endless stories of struggle as a black doctor during the 1950’s and 60’s in Alabama. "There were several buildings that had signs that said office space for rent, but when they saw my face they said no we don't have any vacancies,” said Hereford. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin, KTTC, KIMT, WXOW La Crosse

KTTC, Time to wear red for heart disease awareness, Mayo Clinic heart patient, Barbara Kermisch is interviewed at Mayo’s “Go Red” event. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post Bulletin, Mayo Clinic turns red for awareness, Mayo Clinic on Friday celebrated National Wear Red Day for Heart Disease Awareness. On that day, Mayo Clinic invites everyone to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. The celebration in the Gonda Building included heart-themed music. There was a panel presentation titled "Love Your Heart: What You Need to Know and Why."

WQOW Eau Claire, On the eve of Women's Heart Health Month, one woman shares her story by Kristen Shill, Seven years ago, chest pain woke Sharon Durbin up in the middle of the night. "I thought: this must be what a heart attack feels like," Sharon Durbin says. As a nurse, she ignored her instincts…"Women tend to be more in the caregiver role in their families. They think about everybody else's needs, they don't necessarily think about their own," Mayo Cardiac Center Registered Nurse Jan Favret says.

HealthDay, Fewer Heart Patients Now Dying From Heart Disease, Study Shows, Americans with heart disease are now more likely to die from cancer, lung disease and neurological causes than from heart problems, compared with 20 years ago. That's the finding of a new Mayo Clinic study that tracked about 20,000 patients who underwent procedures to open blocked heart arteries between 1991 and 2008…"We found that patients with established heart disease undergoing angioplasty and stenting in the modern era [third time period] have about a one in three chance of dying from their heart disease, and a two in three chance of dying from non-cardiac diseases in the long term," study senior author and interventional cardiologist Dr. Rajiv Gulati said in a Mayo news release. Additional coverage: US News & World Report, Cardiology Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, News Medical

WBEZ Chicago, Windy City Links Ginger Wilson partners with AA women's group and Mayo Clinic, An initiative by a local Links chapter has lead to a nation-wide partnership between the African-American women’s group and the Mayo Clinic. The woman behind that is Ginger Wilson, the president of the Windy City Links Chapter. She joins us to talk about the women’s group, her struggles with a rare form of cancer and the initiative.

Courier-Journal, Paris can wait for Louisville's Antonita Slaughter…As the fourth-ranked Cardinals prepared for Sunday’s summit meeting at top-ranked Connecticut, Slaughter was almost as good to go as she ever was. The blood clot is gone. Her heart has been cleared for competition. She has been back in action since a few days after her discharge from the Mayo Clinic, and four times in the last six games she has been back in Jeff Walz’s starting lineup.

DogTipper, Uggie Shines a Spotlight on Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines by Grace Sydney, On February 6th The Artist star Uggie and his doting Dad, trainer Omar Von Muller, paid a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to regale Rover-loving fans with the Jack Russell Terrier’s adoption tale; show off some of his showbiz skills and meet some of the 19 volunteer dogs who brighten the days of the clinic’s patients and waiting room visitors through the Caring Canines program.

Medscape, A Tissue Test for Parkinson Disease? Medscape recently spoke with Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, Arizona, about his past and future research into the potential of submandibular gland biopsy as a useful diagnostic tool in Parkinson disease (PD).

News4Jax Fla., How to tame your salt habit by Mayo Clinic News Network, f you're like many people, you're getting far more sodium than is recommended, and that could lead to serious health problems. You probably aren't even aware of just how much sodium is in your diet.

The Atlantic, New Report: Americans Love PizzaA typical daily pizza serving accounts for more than half of our lycopene diet. Lycopene, the natural chemical that gives fruit like tomatoes its red color, has been found to have antioxidant and anti-cancer effects in animals, but it's not clear it has the same effect in humans, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Weight WatchersFeed the pig, lose big, Who says you can't put a price on good health? People with a financial incentive to shed pounds were more likely to reach their goal than those with no money at stake, according to a year-long study conducted by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. While the potential ka-ching was partly responsible for participants' success, the researchers concluded that the mere thought of losing money (for not reaching a weight goal) was equally motivating. "People are looking for creative ways to lose weight and keep it off." says senior study author Donald Hensrud, MD, a preventive medicine expert at Mayo Clinic.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, IV saline solution in short supply by Emily Miels, Hospitals in the Chippewa Valley are struggling to obtain enough intravenous saline solution but say the shortage hasn’t adversely impacted patient care…Kent Gierhart, in-patient pharmacy supervisor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, also said the shortage has not impacted patient care. “Really, it’s not an issue for us,” Gierhart said.

Des Moines Register, Brody clan to rally against cancer, Brody Middle School eighth-grader Isabela Rodriquez-Mireles is a cancer survivor. Brody parent Dan Twelmeyer is at Mayo Clinic fighting for his life against cancer. Brody music teacher Brandon Oliver and his mom, Brody secretary Sherri Oliver, are rooting for their dad and husband, cancer patient Ed Oliver…All of these people are bound together by Brody, but also by cancer.

Post-Bulletin, Dear Answer Man, what do you think the chances are that the words "Mayo Clinic Square" will be visible from Target Field, just like Sanford Health used to be visible from that end of the ballpark? — Bleacher Bum This is a hilarious question. If you're a regular at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, you'll remember there was a low-grade controversy a few years ago about how Sanford Health, the big health care juggernaut in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota, had emblazoned its name on the nearby Target Center. Eventually, that big ad was removed.

Chest Physician, CVS takes health care seriously by John Ebbert, Mayo Clinic… This is no small gamble. But it’s one that will hopefully pay off. First of all, it’s the right thing to do in the interest of public health; 480,000 Americans still die of tobacco-related diseases annually. Second, the media attention and accolades received from President Obama, the American Medical Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will, however short lived, bring recognition to the brand. CVS Pharmacy will now be identified as being concerned not only about patients who fill their prescriptions there, but also about the health and well-being of the communities in which the pharmacies operate. If another pharmacy chain follows suit, great, but CVS was first.

KAAL, Could Med City Ban Tobacco Sales in Drug Stores? by Jenna Lohse, The announcement of the first major drugstore chain to take cigarettes off their shelves may be the catalyst to similar actions all across the country. We talked with those locally to find out if this could become a city-wide issue in Rochester, a city known for health care. "If you reduce the convenience, if you reduce the availability, people are going to use it less,” said Dr. Taylor Hays, Director of Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center.

Bloomberg Businessweek, Minnesota Thrives as Land of 10,000 Levies Under Dayton: Taxes, Almost two dozen states cut taxes last year, most in the belief that lower levies stimulate the economy. Not Minnesota, which raised them on high-wage earners, business sales taxes and cigarettes by $2.1 billion. “We’ve never been a low-tax state,” said Governor Mark Dayton…Not least for companies. Dayton and the legislature, controlled by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, have lavished hundreds of millions of dollars of incentives on employers such as electronics maker 3M Co. (MMM:US) and the Mayo Clinic…Tax breaks for expansions of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the Mall of America in Bloomington are investments that will deliver, he said. As for public money for the Vikings stadium -- committed after the team threatened to leave -- Dayton said he understands the resentment.

LA Times, Leonard Nimoy has lung disease, urges fans to quit smoking by Nardine Saad, Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock of "Star Trek," has been diagnosed with a lung disease and is lobbying fans to quit smoking in order to prevent a similar fate of living less and not prospering… "I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP," the living legend tweeted, adding his signature abbreviation for the half-Vulcan's "live long and prosper" motto.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult, according to the Mayo Clinic. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common COPD conditions.

CNN, 27 Being Evaluated for Possible Carbon Monoxide Exposure (Broadcast Video), Breaking News, Mayo Clinic Health System spokesperson Micah Dorfner is interviewed by phone.

Pioneer Press (Mankato Free Press), Mass illness at Minnesota school might have had psychological basis by Amanda Dyslin, The battery of air-quality tests done at Springfield Public School have come back negative for carbon monoxide, leaving Superintendent Keith Kottke and many others in the southwestern Minnesota district without an explanation of what caused 30 students to become ill Thursday. Scott Smith, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health, said one possible cause of the mass illness is psychogenic -- meaning one student got sick, which led to other students feeling sick… Eleven children were initially taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield with symptoms commonly associated with carbon monoxide exposure, such as headache and nausea. By day's end, 30 children had been seen at the hospital and all had been discharged. Additional Coverage: KAAL

Mankato Free Press, 'Diagnosis by exclusion' points to psychogenic illness in Springfield by Amanda Dyslin, There is still no definitive answer for what caused 30 students in Springfield to become ill last week, but "diagnosis by exclusion" has resulted in the Minnesota Department of Health pointing to psychogenic illness, said spokesman Doug Schultz. A battery of air-quality tests by numerous agencies, as well as tests conducted on the patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield, have not turned up any irregularities.

MedCity News, Wal-Mart, Lowes use “corporate-sponsored medical tourisim” to manage surgery bills, Beginning this year, employees in need of a knee or hip replacement with health coverage at a Wal-Mart or a Lowe's didn't have to choose surgery at their local hospital…Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with 2.2 million employees in the United States, including 6,000 in Greater Memphis, launched a similar program last year for heart, spine and transplant surgeries, expanding a transplant tie with the Mayo Clinic since 1996. North Carolina-based Lowe's, with about 245,000 employees, has offered trips to the Cleveland Clinic for heart surgeries since 2010.

Pioneer Press (AP), Two western Wisconsin hospitals to stop delivering babies, Two hospitals in west-central Wisconsin will stop delivering babies, saying it's too hard to recruit doctors willing to assist with births at rural medical centers. Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville will no longer deliver babies starting Feb. 15. Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith will suspend deliveries March 2, a move officials hope will be temporary, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported… Officials at Mayo Clinic Health System-Chippewa Valley decided about a decade ago to stop handling births. Ed Wittrock, the hospital's vice president of operations, said was tough to recruit family-practice physicians who were trained to deliver babies. "Family practitioners are not all trained to deliver babies, and rural communities tend to have a majority of family practitioners," he said. Additional Coverage: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Star Tribune, Bloomington mobile X-ray company aids in convenience, lowering costs, As health care organizations come under increasing pressure to lower costs and improve patient care, they’re turning to companies like Professional Portable X-ray for help. Technologists with the Bloomington-based business can wheel their mobile X-ray machines into a long-term care facility and take an X-ray from bedside or a wheelchair, without having to risk moving a frail or elderly patient with dementia to an off-site location…PPX has relationships with all of the state’s major hospital systems, including Allina, HealthPartners, Fairview, the Mayo Clinic, Essentia and Sanford Health.

CNBC, Vestiage Names Laura Stall Vice President (press release), Vestiage, Inc. (NQB:VEST), the healthy aging company that owns both the RegiMEN™ and Monterey Bay Nutraceuticals™ supplement product lines, announced today that it has appointed Ms. Laura Stall as Vice President… RegiMEN™ was created by Youngerman and Mayo Clinic trained cardiologist Robert Burke, M.D.

Creston News Advertiser (Iowa), Thank you Creston Community, From Kylene and Cody Simpson, As most of you already know, Cody had a pancreas transplant at Mayo Clinic on Jan. 7, 2014, and we had to stay at Rochester, Minn., for 30 days, which meant a lot of road trips back and forth with four young boys… We have met several people at Mayo Clinic that are in way worse situations than we are and it makes us grateful.

KAAL, Blooming Prairie Driver Performed CPR On Her Father While Still in Vehicle, We have received new information in regards to that fatal crash in Blooming Prairie Wednesday morning. The victim's family has confirmed that Sarah Kerns was driving her mother and father to Mayo Clinic in Rochester when the accident happened… Sarah performed CPR on her father while they were still in the vehicle. Sarah was able to get her father breathing again. But Thomas says Marvin's heart stopped before first responders could get there and that they were unable to revive him once again.

Post-Bulletin, Singing group donates to pediatric clinic, Michael Veldman and Friends has donated $5,000 to the Mayo Clinic Health System Austin Foundation for the Karl R. Potach Pediatric Clinic, located on the Austin campus. The singing group, which has been together 11 years, donates part of the proceeds from its annual Christmas variety show to a local charity. This year, the members chose the pediatric clinic.

NY Times, The Real World Is Not an Exam by Abigail Zugar, M.D…Some medical educators have tried to bend the linear algorithms of the multiple-choice experience to the nuances of the actual clinical world. One set, from the Mayo Clinic, specifically set out to teach against the test. Instead of the usual call-and-response questions, the educators took their students through complicated, contradictory cases for which there were no clear “best” strategies, but many reasonably acceptable ones.

USA TODAY, Few stroke patients get clot-busting drug by Liz Szabo…Before giving tPA, doctors need to perform a CT scan to confirm that a patient's stroke is caused by a blood clot — which kills brain tissue by depriving them of oxygen – rather than by bleeding, says Robert Brown, a professor and chairman of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who wasn't involved in the new study. Giving a clot-busting drug to someone whose stroke is caused by bleeding could be fatal.

USA TODAY, Vaccines reduce risk of strokes in children by Liz Szabo, A new international study finds another benefit to childhood vaccines: preventing strokes… Robert Brown, chair of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Minnesota, called the study's findings "remarkable," noting that study was large and well-designed. "To lower the risk of stroke is noteworthy," Brown says.

KAAL, The Ellen Project Lifts Spirits at St. Marys by Jenna Lohse, Children getting treatment at Mayo Clinic had a little something to brighten their day… For patients like Zander Duellman, a stay at Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys campus doesn't sound all that exciting. "I expected that I would lay in a bed and wait for my family to come,” said Duellman. But Thursday took an unexpected turn. The Ellen Project came to Rochester, with the hope of inspiring these kids to believe in themselves. Additional coverage: FOX47, KTTC

KIMT, Mayo’s Center for Innovation receives award by Jeron Rennie, The Mayo Clinic is known for its world-class health care, but now they are getting an award of a different kind…Destination Imagination recognizes different companies for their impact on the world with creativity and critical thinking… “It’s tremendously humbling but now as I think about the next 150 years of Mayo Clinic history and reflect on the first 150 years of our history, to us it’s an immediate challenge for how we’re going to do better tomorrow,” said Dr. Douglas Wood, Medical Director for the Center for Innovation.

Twin Cities Business Magazine, Mayo And UHG Venture Draws Big Nat’l Partners by Kevin Mahoney, A UnitedHealth Group and Mayo Clinic joint research initiative called Optum Labs has attracted seven new partners, including Pfizer, the Tufts Medical Center, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additional coverage:  Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Modern Healthcare, EHR Intelligence, Star Tribune, News Medical

Chicago Tribune, Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Talk to doctor before taking probiotics by Brent Bauer, M.D., General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I keep hearing about all the health benefits of probiotics. Are there any negative side effects? Do I need to talk to my doctor before I take them?

WEAR Fla.,Local woman brings awareness to heart disease and donor program,…When Katlyn was 13 a sports physical led to the detection of her enlarged heart.. Since then she's had heart issues. "I've had open heart surgery, I've had stitches, I've had pain that I've never experienced, so it's been a rough ride." In December things slowly got worse and she was sent to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for further testing.

Weight WatchersDoctor Who? Your relationship with your MD is one of the most important in your life. So he shouldn't be a stranger…Talk about your weight, You've noticed the numbers on the scale climbing over the last few years?but your doctor hasn't uttered a word about your weight. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security, since a Mayo Clinic study found that only 20 percent of obese patients are listed as such on their medical charts.

Prodigy MSN, Tips para hacer y consumir jugos: tendencia sana… BUSCA LOS NUTRIENTES ¿Los jugos hacen que se concentren las vitaminas y minerales? ¡Falso! De acuerdo con la Dra. Jennifer K. Nelson, miembro de la prestigiosa Mayo Clinic, los nutrientes de las frutas y verduras son los mismos en su forma natural y en su versión líquida.

La Salud, Protocolo médico reduce mortalidad por accidente cerebrobascular, En los pacientes con un gran accidente cerebrovascular que corta la provisión sanguínea a buena parte del cerebro, la aplicación del protocolo médico estandarizado y de cirugía para descomprimir la hinchazón pueden mejorar la expectativa de vida, descubrieron los científicos de Mayo Clinic en un estudio reciente.

Yahoo! México Noticias, En cuatro décadas los casos de cancer de piel se multiplicaron por 8, Según un reciente estudio hecho por profesionales de la prestigiosa Clínica Mayo de EE.UU, se suscitó una incidencia óctuple de cáncer de piel entre 1970 y 2009, tanto entre hombres y mujeres de mediana edad (40 a 60 años de edad), de EE.UU. El estudio se publicó en la revista científica Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Vanguardia, El nuevo modelo de conductor designado… La Clínica Mayo señala que el IED se caracteriza por “repetidos episodios de impulsividad, agresividad, comportamiento violento o ataques verbales de ira, en los que reaccionas de forma desproporcionada con la situación”.

Yahoo! Mexico (NeoMundo), En cuatro décadas los casos de cancer de piel se multiplicaron por 8, Según un reciente estudio hecho por profesionales de la prestigiosa Clínica Mayo de EE.UU, se suscitó una incidencia óctuple de cáncer de piel entre 1970 y 2009, tanto entre hombres y mujeres de mediana edad (40 a 60 años de edad), de EE.UU. El estudio se publicó en la revista científica Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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